I am appalled that Hawthorne might have a “completely repugnant and backward unofficial policy” as Kimberly Maciejewski mentioned in her letter to the editor, towards handling marriage requests. Hawthorne must be a welcoming community to all that already live here and those considering to settle down in our town. The Green Party platform has fought for the rights of everyone and for inclusiveness since state Green Parties started organizing in the mid 1980s. As a Green, I support civil rights for all LGBTQIA people. I want a truly stigma-free Hawthorne for everyone. 

Our last gubernatorial candidate, Seth Kaper-Dale, was one of the first pastors to perform LGBT ceremonies in this state. I was proud to volunteer, campaign for and call him a friend. While this issue needs to be discussed further, I do think that for the last weeks of the campaign, we as citizens, need to focus on who has the best platform and policy for Ward 3 and the town as a whole. We need someone to build bridges within the community. I’m proud of the work done on the Hawthorne Green Team and know I can continue this work on a larger scale to benefit all of us. 

As a Green, I believe in our approach. As we go door to door we see support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents this election. I am listening to people and business owners. I am willing to dedicate the time needed to pursue a bold vision and plan for Hawthorne. Will we have the same level of commitment by staying with the status quo? 

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 I, as perhaps many in town, were unaware and only recently learned that the mayor has elected to not perform civil ceremonies for marriages. I feel strongly that the issue should be brought up at a town council meeting and made a part of the public comment.

As a Green, an advocate and activist for the people, I’ve been at numerous council meetings across the state for various other issues. I would be happy to bring this issue up to the mayor directly at the next council meeting, win or lose, on November 5th and have it addressed publicly. There needs to be a formal response and Mayor Goldberg, who is not personally on the ballot this November, should be afforded the opportunity to formally respond. 

For those not aware of the Green Party. Here is an excerpt from our current National platform: 

5. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In keeping with the Green Key Values of diversity, social justice and feminism, we support full legal and political equality for all persons regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity, characteristics, and expression.

The Green Party affirms the rights of all individuals to freely choose intimate partners, regardless of their sex, gender, or gender identity.

The Green Party recognizes the full civil rights of sexual and gender minorities. The existing civil rights act prohibits discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. We will work to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the existing civil rights act…

Link to full Social Justice Key Value: https://www.gp.org/social_justice_2016/#sjCivilRights

Thank you all!