Endorses AASPs Campaigns
On November 14, 2000, Ramona Ripston, executive
director of the ACLU of Southern California, sent the following letter to the other ACLU
affiliates in all 49 states throughout the nation. Ms. Ripston is a member of AASP.
"The Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern
California recently endorsed the 'Human Rights Agenda' (attached) of the American
Association for Single People (AASP) and has agreed to work more closely with that
organization as we work to end marital status discrimination.
"I urge other ACLU affiliates to consider working with
the AASP whenever issues involving this insidious form of discrimination present
themselves in your region.
"Our Board of Directors has also endorsed the AASP's Singles_Friendly
Workplace Campaign and Stop the Stigma Campaign. The purpose of the Singles_Friendly
Workplace Campaign, among other things, is to ensure that single workers are treated
fairly and to advocate for domestic partnership benefits for unmarried couples, gay and
straight. The purpose of the Stop the Stigma Campaign is to call to the attention of
judges the harmful effects of stigmatizing language (e.g., 'illegitimate') sometimes used
in their written opinions and orally from the bench when they refer to a child born to
unmarried parents. I am enclosing summaries describing these important efforts."
A few week earlier, Stephen Rohde, president of the ACLU of Southern California, wrote
a letter to three judges associations, urging them to adopt a resolution proposed by AASP.
That resolution encourages all judges to discontinue using the term "illegitimate
child" when referring to children born to unmarried parents."
Mr. Rohdes letter to the judges' associations is reprinted on page 7 of this
|Charles Osgood Speaks
About AASP and Single Voters
is a news correspondent for CBS News. He has a nationally syndicated radio show known as
"The Osgood Files" and also appears on television on the Early Morning Show.
Using his usual poetic style, Osgood did a segment about AASP on both radio and television
during the week of October 23.
In government and in politics, when you do something for somebody
you tend to do something to somebody else. And in the presidential race, with Bush and
Gore right now trying to outdo one another in the family values department, they mention
family every few seconds but hardly ever mention single people at all. Their lobby, the
American Association for Single People, has a campaign now saying in effect "how
Each day that passes Bush and Gore use the word family more and more. As if they
want it understood that they invented parenthood.
The within government and without, the familys what its all about. There is
of course a reason why the family value flags fly high.
In this of all election years, as the Clinton era disappears, each one seems to
want to say that he is not at all "that way."
Please note how I conduct my life, how I love my kids, how I kiss my wife. I am
both seem to say somehow more of a family man than thou.
And candidates from sea to sea, the Democrats especially, want everyone to be aware
about how families are what they really care about and why they should be elected.
Now, single voters feel neglected.
And these are votes they need to get these folks who havent married
yet. Who never have picked out their true soul, and may not even plan to do so.
Plus those who may have in their lives, a few ex-husbands or ex-wives
widowed, divorced, or bachelors maybe at any rate whove had no baby, may feel
left out unless Im wrong. And they are 80 million strong, those who are of voting
age yet have no families at this stage.
And the AASP rightly notes, that thats an awful lot of votes.