April 22, 2014
Dear Mr. Governor,
My name is Jordan Turner, a 19 year old college student from Watertown,Wisconsin. I wanted to reach out to you regarding your stance on same-sex marriage. I noticed that you are not in favor of such an institution as you voted in favor of the constitutional ban on gay marriage in 2006 and as a Milwaukee County Executive in 2009, you vetoed a measure that would have provided equal benefits to same-sex partners of county workers.
While you may think that I'm about to criticize you, I'm not. In fact, I don't blame you at all. I think it's admirable that you show people how you really feel.
But I want you to set aside politics for a moment and try to look at me as a human being; one that would like to get married one day to the love of my life. One that wants nothing more than to start a family with the man of my dreams and adopt three lovely children while living on a country ranch in Wisconsin.
As a second class citizen in the State of Wisconsin, I'm unable to fulfill any of my dreams simply because of who I am. Depending on your religious beliefs or what you've been led to believe, you may think that homosexuality is a choice, a “lifestyle” or something that can be “cured”. However, that simply couldn't be further from the truth. It's not any more of a choice than being straight or even the color of ones skin.
As governor of this great state, I hope you will consider defending the rights of all of its citizens – not just the straight ones. If you're interested in speaking further, I am open to continue this dialog. You can reach me at 920-248-0687. I'd love to set up an appointment with you to discuss this and have the honor of meeting you.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jordan W. Turner