Kicking A Lion

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Replies to My Letters

Here is a copy of the letter which I sent to EVERY publicly elected official who supported the ban:

Dear ,

I am writing to your in regards to your support of California’s Proposition 8. As a representative of the people, I am certain that you are familiar with all of the amendments of the U.S. Constitution. I am referring to the First Amendment’s “separation of church and state” clause. Also of note are the amendments 14, 15, 19 and 24, which protect minorities (African Americans and women in those cases).


The Mormon “Church” breached the church and state boundary to funnel $15 million into a smear campaign, which targeted a minority. They successfully mislead the voters into stripping this minority of previously legal rights. This is a very dangerous situation, and a threat to all civil liberties.


It is your obligation to represent every person in your district. We are all entitled to equal representation and protection under the U.S. Constitution and your current stance on this issue fails to represent or protect the gay and lesbian communities. I urge you to reconsider your position.


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I’ve received two replies, as below:

Thank you for your e-mail. There’s no position that I take as a public
official, large or small, that comprises 100 percent of the people of
the people I represent. I’m free to exercise my freedom of speech and
speak out on issues that affect us, including those beyond my
jurisdiction. One benefit is that it helps define my views and
philosophy which is of value to the voters who elected me and who will
consider any future bid for re-election.

Sorry we disagree on this, but elected officials have 1st amendment
rights, too.
Dick Daniels

Thank you for your e-mail. Sometimes individuals have to “agree to disagree” on certain topics, and clearly this is the case here.

Your are mistaken in suggesting that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often referred to as the “Mormon Church”) contributed any money to the campaign for Proposition 8. The church did not. Many Mormons did so voluntarily, along with thousands of others from various faiths, communities, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. There has been no violation of the Federal or State constitutions. It has been offensive to me to see such religious bigotry and the “blaming” of this victory on Mormons.

Like the millions of people who voted in favor of Proposition 22 back in 2000 and the nearly 6,000,000 who once again voted for Proposition 8 last week, my support continues to be based on my belief that the term “marriage” should define the relationship between a man and a woman, and “civil union” should define that of a same sex couple’s commitment. Under existing California State law the rights and privileges are essentially the same. I do not believe this to be discrimnatory.

I have found over the years in my public service that individuals almost always have differences of opinion about certain issues. No elected official represents the identical values of a voter. The way we get things accomplished, though, is by finding the things we do agree on — in my community it’s fiscal responsibility, preserving open space and our Urban Limit Line, creating solutions to traffic, safety, helping youth and seniors, and implementing green policies to protect our resources.

Although I have not yet seen the breakdown of how the citizens of Danville voted on Proposition 8, clearly the overwhelming majority do feel that I represent them well. Despite highly publicized criticism by a few about my position on Proposition 8, I was re-elected to the Town Council and received nearly the same number of votes (within 1%) of my fellow council-members who were also re-elected.

I shall continue to to treat all of the citizens of my community, regardless of their sexual orientation, with the respect and dignity they deserve.

Best Regards,

Candace Andersen
Mayor, Town of Danville
510 La Gonda Way
Danville, CA 94526
Tel. (925) 858-4466
Fax (925) 648-9718



Written by kickingalion

November 13, 2008 at 3:37 pm

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