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I've sent this to several causes who have asked me to sign petitions lately. I think I'm right and I think you should share my post:

I'd like to voice concern about requiring honorific titles when signing petitions. While I'm not a member of the LGBTQ community, I am a supporter, and I'm dismayed at the selection of honorific titles presented. The current titles you support for petitions use the traditional gender affirmatives for males and females, educational and professional honorifics, and limited religious honorifics. 

I understand that the petition form is used to interact with a wide variety of recipients, many who also require honorifics when filling out a submission form. Perhaps defaulting all petition signers to a single honorific, "Hon." or "Honorable", since are constituents and therefore part of the government would be a suitable compromise.

For the petition recipients whose systems allow it, I would suggest you begin using the honorific title 'Mx' as well. 'Mx' is a gender neutral title and has been in use for decades. You do a disservice to many of your members by forcing them to select an honorific when they sign a petition.

I must confess, I fail to see any logic in including an honorific [when composing a letter] in the digital communication age. It's common for world leaders to be addressed by their familiar or nicknames by their constituents. First and last names should be the minimum, but considering that a large population of the planet is mononymous, you should consider a single "full name" field, dropping the honorific requirement all together.

Regardless of how you choose to address this, know that the practice of discrimination and exclusion based on sexual identification and orientation is evolving rapidly to extinction. While requiring an honorific isn't necessarily discrimination, requiring a petition signer to declare their gender identification or sexual identification to assist in a cause they believe in, certainly isn't acceptable. 
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Just thought of something I should have added: "Ms, Mrs, Miss". Why is a woman's marriage status relevant to the signing of a petition or corresponding to a government official? This is not 1980 or even 1880. Susan B Anthony and  Elizabeth Cady Stanton didn't put an honorific in front of their names. I know, because I did a GIS for their signatures.
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Freedom isn't free, it costs 79k!
Gawker asked the city of McKinney for gun-pulling, teenager-kneeing cop Eric Casebolt's records and emails about him. McKinney said that'll be $80,000.
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In a parallel world this post would reads: President Elizabeth Warren condemns convicted felon Jamie Dimon to the guillotine for crimes against humanity.
 
You can't buy class. A couple of days ago, JPMorgan Chase & Co CEO Jamie Dimon thought it would be funny to take a pot shot at Senator Elizabeth Warren . ...
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On March 24, three weeks after the news first broke that state Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) and his wife, Marsha, gave their two adopted...
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Jim Bob Duggar's family has made a sizable living as stars of a reality TV show "Nine Kids and Counting" based on the size and extreme religious orientation of the family. So now has come the downside in the aftermath of reporting about sexual molestation within the Duggar home
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My home county. “It appears this decision now places our great state in a position where state law contradicts federal law,” Clerk Juli Luke wrote. 

News flash, Federal Law trumps State Law. See Union Vs. Confederacy if you want precedent.

I had to dig for this link, Denton County Clerk had one Republican bigot, Juli Luke and one Green Schyler Butler, in the 2014 election. Me and 20955 other people voted for Butler. There was no Democratic candidate.
http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/Denton/53684/149586/Web01/en/summary.html


 +ActBlue , +BattlegroundTexas , +Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) , +Common Cause , +Wendy Davis , +Planned Parenthood , Texas Freedom Network, +Human Rights Campaign --- where were you? Do I need to do this myself?
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Gawker's Defamer blog digs into the Internet wayback machines for some campaign literature from 2002, when Jim Bob Duggar ran for U.S. Senate. In the course of discussing his opposition to abortion in all circumstances, he said incest should be a capital crime (punishable by the death penalty).
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Owned by known racist and bigot Andy Hallinan. Andy is also a "patriotic" neo-confederate, in other words, a traitor.
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“Perhaps the most revolting character that the United States ever produced was the Christian Businessman.” ― H.L. Mencken
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Cleanest restrooms and showers I've ever seen at a State Park in Arkansas. I stopped here for a day and a night in October 2014 after a week of wallowing in my own filth in the wilderness. Being able to shave, shower and do laundry was welcome, but being able to do it in a climate controlled bathhouse was awesome. I look forward to visiting when the lodge is open.
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Ruins of a silver "rush" town. The original inhabitants went broke building a silver smelter only to find out what they had been mining was zinc. The smelter still stands, and if the builders had been as good of miners as masons, they would have made a fortune. Great place to learn about some of the first European settlers of the Ozarks.
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Well maintained campgrounds, and both the hosts and the NPS patrolled as frequently as possible. There was adequate places to dispose of refuse, but some visitors obviously can't be bothered to keep THEIR National Parks clean. The Parks belong to everyone, and we all share responsibility in cleaning up our messes. I was dismayed to see the exhibit in the Visitor Building describing how some are entering the park and illegally excavating archaeological sites for profit. They're so bold that they don't even bother hiding their activities. They know NPS resources are so underfunded and overextended that they can't patrol the whole park as it should be. Unfortunately a pristine river doesn't attract the campaign donations that a new defense contract does. Collier homestead was in an impressive condition, both a testament to the NPS' preservation actions and Sol Collier's skill as a carpenter. The blood, sweat and tears exerted in the homesteads creation were visible on every hewn log and leveled acre.
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Amazing place to camp. View is spectacular. The sunrises at Emerald Vista are incredible. At night the breeze is very welcome after a hot day. Very close to Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Kerr Arboretum, and right on the Byway. In the novel (and movies) 'True Grit', Mattie was taken to this mountain by Tom Chaney and bitten by a rattler, losing her arm. Rooster Cogburn's shootout would have occurred directly to the north, in Holson Valley. The night ride to McAlester's Store (modern McAlester, OK) would have partially followed along the present day Talimena Scenic Byway and Old Military Road trail. If you camp here, bring a copy of the book. Stayed here half a dozen times and loved it.
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Ham sammich on wheat can't be beat. Good place to stop to chat up the locals and learn about the area. Hankins existed before Highway 7! It has a lot of history, and is much a part of the Ozarks experience as Pinnacle Rocks or Alum Cove.
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