This is a letter I sent last week to Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson
To start off my name is Loren Siprell. I'm a 31 year old citizen of Port St. Joe, Class of 2001.
I'm writing this letter to you with a request. A seemingly simple request but one with far-reaching implications, political and social. I won't lie and pretend I know your politics, or even that I voted for you. It wasn't until a couple years ago that I decided to participate in this democratic system we are so blessed to have. Suffice it to say I was a selfish youth with little concern for what happened outside my bubble; my how those times have changed.
To say I don't know your politics is to say I don't know where you stand on the freedom to marry. I can make assumptions about you being a small town mayor where Tea Party-style Republicans dominate the mainstream and decisions of this nature are made more on one's faith in Christ then one’s true understanding of freedom; but I am not going to make those assumptions.
I am simply going to ask, that in the week of the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address you join in the fight to make Florida a state where all men and women are created equal regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation by joining other bold mayors who have set aside religious or personal judgments in order to preserve and evolve what this nation was founded on; which is to say the principles that “All men are created equal.”
It is my fear that we will all succumb to the Zealots, the eagerly religious to steer the reins of this great nation into a country no longer guided by individual freedoms, whether you find them morally reprehensible or not, but rather guided by the scriptures. This is not what our Founding Fathers had in mind. Two men or two women, two adults should be free to marry if they so choose. This is the very essence of freedom and any who disagree are indeed the tyrants, not the other way around.
So again, I ask you, please make the right decision and choose to take a stand. This will require no serious work on your part. Simply an agreement that all men are created equal and that freedom is determined by the moral code of your religion.
Thank you for your time and attention.
Loren Michael Siprell
Port St. Joe