Why I'm Involved
People often ask me why it is I chose to work on this campaign. The hours are long, the pay is little, the work is often difficult and exhausting, and I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices. On Sunday I moved back in with my parents in Milwaukee so I could work as the Milwaukee field director. While I’m excited about the new position, it was really hard to leave my friends, and especially my boyfriend, Jeff, in Madison.
When I learned that states were amending their constitutions to limit marriage to one man and one woman, I was angry. But then when I heard that states were trying to pass further amendments banning gay couples from adopting children, I was terrified. The first thing I thought of was Germany in the 1930’s. When the government begins systematically chipping away the rights of one group of people, where does it end?
As the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, I’ve heard over and over again what happens when one group of people is forced to fend for themselves against a hostile government. This is why I initially got involved with Fair Wisconsin.
I thought of Pastor Martin Niemoller's quote. The one that goes “First they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the communists,” etc. The quote ends, “Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”
While, technically, this ban would affect me (my boyfriend and I are an “unmarried heterosexual couple”), that isn’t the point. If we wanted we could get married and enjoy all the rights and responsibilities associated with marriage that are currently denied to gay couples. The point is that if we want any type of justice or equal rights in our country, we can’t just look out for ourselves.