Jul 08

The Story Of Lon And Jim: Torn Apart After 34 Years By The Hidden Evils Of Marriage Inequality | The New Civil Rights Movement

In this exclusive interview, Sarah Beach tells the story of Lon Watts and Jim Heath, who met at church in 1979. It was love at first sight. They went on a date that lasted four days, moved in together on day five, and were torn apart by an unscrupulous relative and the law because they couldn’t marry.

In 2005, citizens in Texas lined up in record numbers to vote on Proposition 2, a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage –- and banning the creation or recognition of any legal status identical or similar to marriage. Supported by obscene amounts of money from conservative right-wing Christian groups, and by such local luminaries as Governor Rick Perry, Focus on the Family, and the Ku Klux Klan, Prop 2 passed by a huge — more three-to-one — margin….

To read the complete story – The Story Of Lon And Jim: Torn Apart After 34 Years By The Hidden Evils Of Marriage Inequality | The New Civil Rights Movement.

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Tempeste O’Riley grew up in the deep south and escaped her conservative, oppressive roots as soon as she could. Tempe is an out and proud omnisexual/bi-woman whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what she couldn’t – defy the hate and come out. He has been her hero ever since.

Though new to writing M/M, she has done many things in her life but writing has always drawn her back – no matter what else life has thrown her way. She counts her friends, family, and Muse as her greatest blessings in life.

1 comment

  1. starnite owl

    Thanks for running this story. I did donate a little (wish it could be more; if I was still working it would be). As someone who who is running a never ending medical tab and about to have my mother’s house go into probate, I fully appreciate the bills Lon is facing.
    It is a disgrace that this man has to go through our court system for right to take care of his loved one. As I said in my comments on his website, this NOT about religion but about one of the rights this country is founded on; in the eyes of the state marrige is not religion but a mechanism to help people live together as part of our society and culture. The state is NOT allowed to interfere in an individual’s personal religion.

    Thanks again for running this story. I hope you can let us know if there are further developements you hear of.

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