Target: Bob Ellis
Goal: Demand Tea Party activist apologize for derogatory statements against gay individuals.
Tea Party activist Bob Ellis recently declared that people who are against the gay lifestyle need icons akin to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. to help fight the “tyranny” of marriage equality. Ellis compared those who preach for gay rights to the lack of liberty during the civil rights movement. Ellis believes it is important to shine light on those who are opposed to marriage equality, and even applauded Alabama for its Supreme Court ruling against gay marriage. Urge Ellis to apologize for his homophobic comments and recognize the importance of marriage equality in America.
According to Right Wing Watch, Ellis said, “State governors, attorneys general, judges, court officials and anyone else involved in upholding the law in a state should have been telling these judicial activists where they can shove their tyranny (i.e. the same place homosexual activists like to shove things).” This quote clearly depicts Ellis’ anger and bias.
It is one thing to have opinions and beliefs, it is another to slander important historical figures who fought for freedom. The Civil Rights Movement was one about equality, which contradicts Ellis’ argument. Many compare gay marriage to the previous ban against interracial marriage because in both situations two people are not allowed to marry based on prejudices. To endorse Ellis’ statements is to endorse the vicious cycle of repression.
By signing this petition, you will be demanding that Ellis retract his hateful statements and apologize for dishonoring important leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.
Dear Mr. Bob Ellis,
To undermine the work of great heroes such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. is disturbing. To say one should not be allowed to have marriage rights because of their sexual orientation is unacceptable. Even if you strongly disagree with someone else’s sexual lifestyle, it is not up to you to label them as tyrants. As an activist, you have the power to greatly influence society and I urge you to use this to help others not to hurt them.
Your recent statements encouraging government officials to show “…judicial activists where they can shove their tyranny” is proof of your ignorance when it comes to marriage equality. While you are free to believe whatever you choose, it is quite alarming that you would fight to take away human rights. Your words have shown your complete disregard for our country’s civil rights leaders who fought tirelessly for the very thing you are trying to take away: human rights.
Please revoke your statement and apologize for diminishing the work of two of our nation’s most important civil rights leaders and promoting discrimination against homosexuals.
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