Deaf Parents Support Their Daughter’s Right to Marry

Blast from the Past

On October 29, 2008, Samuel and Patricia Yates’ daughter, Noreen, legally married her same-sex partner, Lisa Marie in San Francisco. This is how they felt about it.

See Also:
“Yes to Love” Mini Documentary
I Support My Sister’s Right to Love

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    This video originally appeared on the Deaf Queer Resource Center’s new blog. As we are phasing that out, we’ve reposted the video here and have imported the comments below.

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: J.J

    Comments:

    1.) Congrats, Noreen!

    2.) Welcome to Cali, Maureen.

    3.) Yup, I voted NO on prop 8 just this morning. What a stupid proposition….

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: TS

    Beautifully said!

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: Aline Smith

    Great comments and great points, too!!! Maureen said it all, right there. Prop 8 should not be a part of ballot for us to vote. Of course, I voted it no today. Thank you for sharing this video. I will share this video with someone else in order to spread the word.

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: Dianrez

    My, how nice to see you after all these years! I haven’t seen you since you were a new baby and your parents were my neighbors in the same building. Say hi to your parents, and to your brother and sister, too. May you all be happy, and yes, that privilege extends to both gay and straight people equally.

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: Andrea Shettle, MSW

    Beautiful video — I hope it helps sway a few voters.

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: Bobbi Barentsen

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! We need more people like you.

    I am very grateful that you did this video.

    Must happiness to Lisa and Noreen.

    Thumbs up!!!!!

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: Suzanne Egbert

    COOL !!! It is very important for the people to be happy and their own rights what they want , about marriage and wedding ..

    I BELIEVE WE ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL – AS LONG WE MUST RESPECT EACH OTHER / OTHER PEOPLE’S OWN HAPPINESS …..

    WE PEOPLE ARE BLESSING TO HAVE U ON VIDEO FOR OTHER PEOPLE’S OWN RIGHTS AS LONG THEY ARE HAPPPY PEOPLE . smile

    PEACE

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    Date: Nov 04, 2008

    From: Gerald

    I wonder how your parents feel about this? I know your mother is Born-Again Christian?

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    Date: Nov 05, 2008

    From: Tenaya

    Gerald;

    Here is how Yates parents feel about Noreen.

    http://news.deafqueer.org/2008/11/04/deaf-parents-support-daughters-right-to-marry/

    To Yates family ( yes, including LMW ;] ),

    This sent goosebumps everywhere on me. I wish everybody could mind their own business. At the same time, we need to expose this to a bigger audience. The more knowledge they know, the more understanding they become. This is one beautiful family. We need more people like you guys.

    Best,

    Tenaya

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    Date: Nov 06, 2008

    From: JB

    I agreed with Maureen’s comment!! I can see that Noreen and Lisa are in real love. I do not see why YES on PROP 8 against gay marriage. Congrats on your newly wedding!

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  • planetdeafqueer

    This video originally appeared on the Deaf Queer Resource Center’s news blog. As we are phasing that section out, we’ve reposted the video here and have imported the comments below.

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    From: Rudy

    Date: 04 Nov 2008

    awww i love those people

    i wish they are my parents!!! lol

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    From: peggy

    Date: 05 Nov 2008

    Beautiful! I wish every parent loved their child this much! Total unconditional love!

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    From: Dianrez

    Date: 05 Nov 2008

    Anybody who knows them loves them! And because of their love for others and all Deaf people, they are great spokespeople for the rest of us and especially their daughter and new daughter in law. Looking wonderful! Cheers!

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    From: storme

    Date: 10 Dec 2008

    it is wonderful that many, including the Yates do feel that marriage and/or partner agreements do not have gender requirements. i know i am very comfortable in the Deaf community, minority groups value togetherness more than those in a majority. i married my life partner with a huge crowd of friends and family in witness, we continue to enjoy support from our communities. thank you to all who feel love is the necessary force that trumps gender traditions of old. we are making progress: it is important that same gender unions are visible, share stories!

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