O'Donnell, Rosie O'Donnell's brother, is described as a Democrat "whose impassioned pleas in the Assembly chambers and Albany's private corridors were considered instrumental in humanizing the push to legalize same-sex marriage, as New York Lawmakers did last June."Later one reads: "Mr. O'Donnell's speeches on same-sex marriage were both comic and profound. 'I don't want a seat in your synagogue. I don't want a church pew,' one of them went. 'I want a license that all of your have....'"
Too bad he doesn't want to give to adopted individuals the same right to get a certificate that all the non-adopted have as a right of birth: their original birth certificates.
O'Donnell is a powerful legislator in New York's state capital and a staunch opponent of the Adoptee Equal Rights bill. What he wanted and he had been denied, however, he was able to get. What individuals who have been adopted in New York want--a more basic right, the right to their true identity--he would deny. He does deny. Rosie has several adopted children, and though she has traced her Irish heritage--and was quite overtly emotional about it on television--the right to do is denied her children. With legislators such as her brother, the fight to repeal the 1935 law that sealed original birth records in New York will continue to be a hard sell.
O'Donnell is one of the main opponents of giving adoptees the right to have what everyone else has.
For more than three decades we have been fighting to give adopted individuals born in New York their original birth certificates. I first testified in Albany at a public hearing in 1977. Please let your voice be heard, whether or not you were born/adopted/relinquished/did adopt in New York State. We must make a loud sound, we must join together to let our freedom ring.
Contact the Speaker of the Assembly.
Congratulate Mr. O'Donnell on his nuptials and ask him now that his marital needs have been met to allow innocent victims of closed records to have their needs met.
If I get direct address later in the day, I will add them. But it's a busy day, but I was too pissed off when I read the story in the feature called Vows this morning to ignore this story. For more on O'Donnell's opposition to adoptee rights, see below.--lorraine
The Orphan Trade, Gay Marriage ...
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For posts comparing the fight for adoptee rights and the fight for gay marriage, see:
Gays have political clout; bastards don't. Lessons from New Jersey and New York
The diference between the gay marriage movement and adoptee rights