The Arkansas News reported:
LITTLE ROCK -- An advertising campaign by the U.S. Census Bureau directed toward same-sex couples isn't sitting well with some conservatives in Arkansas.
State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers, a candidate for Arkansas' 3rd District congressional seat, said Wednesday she opposes the campaign "not only because it's an improper message, but because it's an incredible waste of taxpayer dollars."
Whenever a politician starts talking about "wasting taxpayer dollars" my ears perk up. Really State Senator Cecile Bledsoe? Let's take a look at some of the projects you thought were worthy of your state's money, and the time the state paid you to work on those projects.
The Baptist Conservative State Senator thought it was a perfectly good use of tax payer money and time to declare February 6 "Ronald Reagan Day." The state house disagreed, and the bill died.
She also co-sponsored an act to "Welcome President Clinton back to Arkansas." Apparently she likes taking tax payer time and money to kiss the butts of former Presidents.
Her real issue is that she is annoyed that gay people will be counted, period. Let's be honest about it. She would rather that gay people remain uncounted. "Not only is it sending the wrong message," translates to "counting gay couples legitimizes their right to be protected under the Constitution and that makes me scared."
She's not alone. Jerry Cox, director of the conservative so-called "Family" Council told the Arkansas News, "they're basically asking them to lie on the census form."
In typical right wing conservative nature, Cox is taking reality and turning it on its head to justify his warped view of the truth. The reality is our country is asking the LGBT community to tell the truth on the Census form for the first time in United States history.
It would be a lie if the trans community identified as their birth gender if that's not how they live now. It would be a lie if married same sex couples (whether state recognized or not) don't identify as so. Is Cox arguing that religious marriage doesn't count? Is that what he's saying? Because religious marriages between same sex couples occur in every state in the country. I doubt Cox wants to discount religious marriage, does he?
The truth does count. And I'm glad the LGBT community finally counts. The other count I'm looking forward too, is the vote count in the 3rd Congressional district of Arkansas when anti-choice, anti-environment, anti-health State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe loses.
State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe is wrong for Arkansas, wrong for Congress, and wrong for our country's future. She doesn't count. We do.