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A Mother's Dying Wish...

by Equality Florida category: Cause

“FL Gov Scott, a mother's dying wish is to speak w/ you about ending LGBT discrimination statewide. #MeetWithMarie http://thndr.it/1zxutKz

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This campaign ended on May 10, 2015 at 1PM

A Mother's Dying Wish...

Marie Bristol's dying wish is to meet with Florida Governor Rick Scott to ensure her gay son will be protected from discrimination in the Sunshine State.

Help us this Mother's Day by joining our Thunderclap to share Marie's story and ask Governor Scott to #MeetWithMarie. 

Watch her video here: https://youtu.be/r3ANfEQ_r8o

Read her letter to Governor Scott here:

Dear Governor Scott, 

I am a dying woman. With a mother's wish. I wish that you would meet with me, very soon please, because I do not know how long I have to live.  I have a complicated terminal illness called scleroderma, which is compounded by injuries sustained in a car crash several years ago. Having survived two crisis hospitalizations in March, I am grateful to be a woman of faith. Without my own prayers and the welcome prayers of others, it is difficult to know how I would have gotten through it.

Sometimes I think it is because of my wish that I am still alive. I’m stubborn that way -- ask my sister, Trish, who has been my constant companion these past 6 months.  She somehow makes my situation seem funny at times and we share a laugh. I also have two sons. It is the love for my son, Douglas, that motivates me to write.  You see, besides being an educated, hard-working young man, Douglas is gay.

 While I would like nothing more than to have my child by my side in these last months God grants to me, I cannot because Douglas lives and works in another state. You see, in Florida, depending on where he lives, Douglas could be fired just for being gay.  I was so happy when the marriage ban was overturned because I thought he might come back to stay by me. But then I learned that another huge obstacle exists.  I don’t understand, Governor Scott, why there are protections in some of the counties and not all?

I learned that there is a bill called “The Competitive Workforce Act,” and that it has a lot of support but so far has not had a hearing.  It would make discriminating against gay people illegal here in Florida.  Everywhere in Florida.  I have heard you say many, many times that you do not support discrimination.  What else can it be, Governor Scott, if hard-working people can (and are) fired just for who they love?  

You may call me selfish, and perhaps I am, but there is something about coming to the end of my life that makes me want to do anything that will help protect my son. If it will mean he will be treated with the same dignity as every other Floridian, there is nothing I wouldn’t do. I am sure you can identify with me about that.

So, would you grant this mother’s wish, Governor Scott? Would you meet with me and hear what I have to say about why this matters, why it is time to act and support the Competitive Workforce Act. I’m running out of time, but if I could meet with you, at least I would know I’d done everything I could for my son.

Please, Governor Scott, meet with me.

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Bristol

Organizer

Equality Florida
@equalityfl

Equality Florida Institute is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. www.eqfl.org

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