Thursday, August 21, 2008

One of the Biggest Hearts of the Heartland


The entire PFLAG family mourns the loss of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, one of our nation’s true champions of equality. From employment non-discrimination to the military to equality for bi-national couples, Congresswoman Jones was an ardent advocate for the dignity of every American. She never shirked from any civil rights battle, and never failed to stand up and give voice to those who often felt voiceless. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congresswoman Jones’ family. Congress, and our country, have lost one of the biggest hearts of the heartland.

Congresswoman Jones was a co-sponsor of fully inclusive legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans from workplace discrimination, as well as of Congressional bills to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, expand the federal hate crimes statute to include sexual orientation and gender identity, and to treat same-sex couples equally under American immigration laws. First elected to Congress in 1998, Tubbs Jones was the first African-American woman to represent the state of Ohio. She passed away on Wednesday after suffering brain hemorrhaging caused by an aneurysm.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

My heartfelt condolences to the family. We have lost a national treasure. I am sure the angels needed some help and that is why she has been called to a higher place.

bunsinspace said...

BS"D

A Great light has gone out in the world and she will be sorely missed.

Dakotah.geo said...

My sincerest and deepest sympathies to the family of Stephanie Tubbs Jones.
We have lost a true patriot for the GLBT family.
May she fully rest in the arms of and walk with her Lord, Jesus.
Sincerely,
George M Melby, Pastor

Miss Cynthia Basinet said...

Thank you for lighting the way, Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

May you continue to shine in heaven.

Johnny R. Everett Jr. said...

Congresswomen Stephanie Tubbs Jones was one of our nations true champions of equality and a true patriot.We have lost a true hero and one of our greatest national treasures. I send my most sincere condolences to her family along with my prayers for both peace and comfort in their times of great loss.

pb said...

A very sad day. We need more legislators like her.

Cheryl Liniman said...

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones was a true patriot in every sense of the word. She was a huge asset to the Democratic party, to the Cleveland area and to this country, fighting for what she believed in, and for the causes of EVERY American, not just a select few. God Bless her family. They have much to be proud of.

Terri Holland said...

I met the Congresswoman in the Starbuck's line at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston during the 2004 convention. It was a long line and we spoke for quite a while. It wasn't until we were about to go our seperate ways that she gave me her card and asked me to keep in touch, that I knew who and what she was. What a great loss for all of us - she was an extraordinary person and will be missed by so many of us who just met her in passing, but will never forget her. My condolences to her family and to the people of Ohio.

Jonathan Young said...

God bless Congresswoman Jones and her family at this difficult time. Her passing is an inconsolable loss for our country and for all those who love freedom. We may hope she will be ably succeeded, but she can never be replaced. Her accomplishments are an example for us all.

Anonymous said...

JERRBEARSDEN@MSN.COM

GODBLESS AND MAY YOUR LIGHT SHINE EVER BRIGHT IN THE ARMS OF JESUS

YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED, YOU FAUGHT THE FIGHT FOR US ALL, NOW REST IN HIS LOVE!

HEART FELT SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING HER LIFE WITH ALL!
JERRY BRINES-WA. STATE

Jonathan Young said...

God Bless Congresswoman Jones and her family at this difficult time. Her loss is an inconsolable one for our country and for all those who love freedom. Her accomplishments are an inspiration to us all. We may hope she is ably succeeded, but she can never be replaced. She will always be in our hearts.

www.keywestpflag.org said...

The world has suffered a great loss of a beloved friend and advocate of justice in the passing of Congresswoman Jones. My heartfelt condolences are extended to her family and friends.In honor of this courageous woman and her acheivements we all must strive to continue her work for equality for all. We must not stop until we establish a common ground of acceptance of diversity as a way of life in the world we live in today. To congresswoman Jones..may your memory be eternal..

Denise Hudson
Representative Key West Florida PFLAG

Anonymous said...

No one woman can do it all, although she tryed. She was a mentor to many of us. My heart and sympathy is with her family.

Charlotte said...

My thoughts & prayers go out to her family, friends & our Nation. We have lost a "True Hero" who was not afraid to protect & represent all of our rights. She will be deeply missed, she was one of a kind. Others who represent us should be the visionary she was & learn from her leadership & that American's are all important regardless of who they are. God Bless us all for the time that she spent in our lives. She truly made a difference in America & will not be forgotten for the work she did unselfishly for us.

Anonymous said...

Congresswoman Stephanie was a loving light for so many. She will be missed by those of us in the LGBT community because she did not care about who you were you were a child of God. Now she is experiencing it 1st hand! I am praying God's blessings on her family and close ones as they mourn the loss of this wonderful woman.

Scott Dammeyer said...

Stephanie was a true angel here on earth for ALL people. She reached not only those of us in Ohio, but she stood for us gay Americans.
She now is with the rest of the angels in heaven. God Bless You!

Anonymous said...

My condolences and my prayers to the family. Heaven has gained another Angel.

She will be missed but will always be remembered for all her good works.

God Bless You Stephanie Tubbs Jones!

Rev. Robert E. Murchison, R.Pp. said...

Though I did not get to know the congresswoman, I understand from others her importance and care. She shall be one who will be hard to replace. I send my feelings for her loved ones to know we all miss her and she will never be forgotten. Peace and Blessings to All. May Creator Watch Over You and Keep You Safe. Rev. Robert E. Spiritwalker Murchison, R.Pp.

Fitz said...

I am very saddened to hear of this passing. But, I search in my heart; I know that I must pray & hope that God will see to it to put ANOTHER Stephanie right back here on Earth. One child gone.
But, one to carry on.
I pray.