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PFLAG Westminster – Carroll County, Maryland Chapter

Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Moving Equality Forward
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Senator Kittleman,

I’ve been meaning to write you regarding your stand on Gay Marriage.  Now that I’m on Facebook and joined the 21st century I can no longer procrastinate.  I know your family was active in the Civil Rights movement.  Taking a stand is not something new. 

Being a politician you must weigh all factors and the implications before you act.  When I heard you had resigned your leadership position as Senate Minority Leader over your stand on Marriage Equality I was shocked.  What politician in this day and age does that?  Then I was impressed.

Then I was moved.

There are very many good people in this world.  There are some courageous people in this world.  Quite often all that is needed is the opportunity to do the right thing to bring out the best in people.  All too often that does not seem to occur when politicians are involved.

I am unaware of another minority/majority leader anywhere in the nation who has stepped down over a moral stand on an issue.  I found your action to be courageous.  It was a blessing from God for many of us.  It was a sign of hope.  It was a sign to so many of us that, there are good people in this world.  It was a sign for many young people today that politicians can take a stand and do the morally right thing.  Your decision to vote for Marriage Equality was a statement that lesbians and gays are equal members in our society.

Your decision also caused many people to rethink their stand on Marriage Equality.  Because of your position as Senate Minority Leader your actions had a much more pronounced effect on your fellow Senators and on politicians throughout the land.  Whenever we are presented with the truly good actions of another we stop and question our own.  I’m reminded of the saying: “God doesn’t change things. God changes people and people change things.”

In the early 1990’s when the topic of Marriage Equality came up, I knew for certain it would never happen in my lifetime.  Now, I know it will eventually happen in my state, maybe next year or the next or the next.

I want to thank you for your actions and the good brought into the world by them.  You have truly inspired me.

I leave you with some quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Matt Gibbons


“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“The end of life is not to be happy, nor to achieve pleasure and avoid pain, but to do the will of God, come what may.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”
Martin Luther King Jr


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