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Almost There -- Marriage Equality In Wa State

Passed Tonite In Senate

Next: The House

Den Mark,

It's almost too good to be true.

Tonight the Washington Senate, on a bipartisan 28-21 vote, passed a marriage equality bill -- the first time in Washington history that an equality bill has passed in either chamber of the legislature.

Our efforts are working, creating real changes in Washington's marriage policy -- and it's all due to you, and thousands of other Washingtonians who care deeply about equality. We're hearing that all the calls and emails to the Capitol are changing minds. But, while this is a historic victory, it's far from the end of the road. The next step toward getting equality signed into law is a vote on the House floor, which may come as early as next week.

The overwhelming support we're seeing from businesses, labor, faith communities and people all across the state is a testament to the momentum of this movement and the sensibilities of Washingtonians.

And it's tempting to celebrate after such an important victory, but we just don't have the luxury. If marriage equality is going to be a reality in Washington, we're going to need to keep pushing, and keep speaking out.

We can't let up. Not yet.

Zach Silk
Campaign Manager
Washington United for Marriage

WOW! 02.Feb.2012 06:29

washington state resident

This is amazing...

all the way! 03.Feb.2012 11:33


good deal. it's about time.

Marriage Equality/Justice for ALL. —> Liberation for ALL. 10.Feb.2012 21:03

pink triangle *~~<l

Thank you Den Mark for the article----


*— interesting repost quote below— by author C.K. (not me) - (Although I disagree with much of this person's other viewpoints... I did however; find the following to be insightful and worth sharing.)

*{{ One's sexual orientation is completely irrelevant to what's urgently wrong with this country and with human society at large. In fact, the effort in recent years that political and religious fundamentalists have made to point out "gay and lesbian issues" as being the root of what they perceive to be wrong with America is so far off base it could be compared to examining the orbit of Neptune, then trying to measure it in order to correctly make toast.

I have no intention to offend, I'm just saying to the homophobic sectors of American spiritual and secular society: "Get a grip." No one has ever tried to legislate whom heterosexual men and women may love and marry in their unions. How it EVER came to be that they feel they have a right to legislate whom others may love and marry is both the height of hypocrisy and it is a sin in and of itself. It is uniquely God's business who we love and marry, and no one else's.

There are much bigger fish to fry for Americans than what approximately 10-15% of consenting adults do in their bedrooms, based on their own genetic and biological "proclivities". Focus on prosecuting child pornography rings, pedophiles, rapists, perpetrators of incest, and on ending rampant child sexual abuse, which is epidemic in the US, and you will be making a tiny dent in the sources of where the real problems lie.

Focus on your own family: It's not gays and lesbians who are destroying the American family unit. More often than not... it's the out of control misdirected male sexual behaviors (Patriarchal and Misogynistic Energy) inspired by pornography of all kinds, and the American male's seemingly utter inability to remain faithful to his marital vows. This seems to be a literal biological impossibility for about 30% of American men, and it has nothing whatsoever to do with gays and lesbians. [ We haven't even had a president in 40 years who didn't get a little action on the side.] That's where the problem lies. We [ the gay nation ] won't be made a scapegoat for the "out of control" ongoing collapse of American family life that has nothing whatsoever to do with us. Focus on YOUR OWN family, like Ted Haggard... (- Republican religious fundamentalist zealot HYPOCRITE from "Jesus Camp" movie fame -)... needed to do, and cease and desist trying to blame gay people for every little thing that is wrong in America. I have waited for 35 years to say that, and I am saying it now. }}*

*— End of quote above— by author C.K. (not me)

Ted Haggard, former president of the National Association of Evangelicals, says he will support Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in 2012.

Newt to Gay Republicans: Go Be Gay Somewhere Else - (Gays who vote for a Republican is like a Chicken voting for Colonel Sanders and being a KFC advocate.)  link to www.dailykos.com

(History Repeats Itself - for 'cause & effect') History repeats if people choose to remain ignorant of the "tools/dogma" used to push Imperialism/Colonialism... unless people learn from the mistakes of the past... history always repeats itself.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes. Those who forget history and the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana (Law of Repetitive Consequences)

(Flashback to 2004) We Want Your Soul - Adam Freeland <—<>—> (No more corporatized/militarized/commercialized consumer war CULTure and war propaganda/WarDogma MENTALITY that works towards the consumption of Mother Earth—> No more indoctriNation and domiNation of our collective FREEWILL (we have the power to *FREE OUR MINDS*—> There is No Fate except for the Destiny we Choose to Create. *Power to the People Always* to create our collective future with the "soul purpose" of helping to guide the planet towards true Balance, Harmony and HEALING with the focus on the vital importance of True World Liberation/True Peace being the only real answer to creating a genuinely "life-affirming" and truly "sustainable" planet in which we can all live and coexist together with Respect for Diversity of Life Worldwide). —>>>RESISTANCE IS EVERYTHING<<<— Spiritually speaking... our true "soul purpose" should be to ***Protect and Defend Mother Earth***— meaning resistance against the 'war-system' that continues to "grind up the planet" and all life herein and continues "full steam ahead" CONSUMING ALL.

The *War-System is Fueled by Hate* and intolerance of 'others who are different'—> (racism/xenophobia/jingoism- blind chauvinistic patriotism). The 'war-system' is fueled by deception/misdirection and with the war machine "mechanizations" geared towards distracting the people by instituting an agenda of attempting to *steal the people's power away from them*... (much in the same way as the so-called "global power elite" steal the resources from "Others" around the planet through the use of institutions and industries FUELED BY never ending Lies, Betrayal and Hypocrisy and geared towards the CREATION OF WARS— with the globalized agenda of "profiting from war"). The 'war-system' is fueled by Lies and the people are kept deceived and distracted with the myth and illusion of a "fair democracy" and "fair elections" (elections are bought & sold $$$— "Profit Driven" $$$). There is a 'toxic corporatized war' on for control over our very thinking with a constant stream of bombardment of corporate propaganda and WarDogma/MYTH MAKING in order for the "Masters of War" to fool/scam the public into being made (FORCED) to "accept" wars founded on lies/war-pretexts based on DECEPTION (e.g. 9/11). Truth is always the first casualty of war. The system is geared towards keeping people disempowered and CONSUMED in a toxic haze of corporate media lies/distraction as well as mass corporate popular CULTure distraction that brainwashes the masses into tolerating and accepting the numerous crimes the so-called "World Leaders"/Deceivers commit against Mother Earth/the environment & the interconnected planetary ecosystems which includes ALL of Us if we view ourselves as being 'one with' and a part of Nature which we truly are (an *Energy Force of Nature*)... our 'collective love and compassion energy' has the power to Heal the Earth— we have been deceived into believing the human species must remain "toxified" and are deceived into believing that it is WE who are the danger to the planet when the opposite is true... when in fact collectively *We Are All the Energy and Cure* to what ails her through the process of working together to aid in the healing process of Earth- through the power of Love/Compassion and Understanding . We are not just a disease which we are lied to and misled to believe by the "powers that be". The "Masters of War" are the TRUE CRIMINALS AND ARE THE TRUE DISEASE TO THE PLANET. Election/Deception time once again! <—<>—>  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH_DkBI9Qsk

The corporatized "War Mentality" is toxic to Mother Earth and to all creatures living here. The WarSystem's TRUE COST is at the expense of Earth/Nature/environment/animals/ALL of Us. War-Mentality "profits" at the expense of the planet... it's oxymoronic and is the height of arrogance and IGNORANCE.

[ I have learned that the struggle for power comes down to a "gain" mentality verses a "be" mentality. I use the word "be" as in being; as in living with the Earth instead of against the Earth. The "gain" people see freedom in terms of material things you can hold, see, or own. The "be" people see freedom on the spiritual level. ] - Georgie Jessup

"As every mystic realizes... the most powerful time of a day is the dawn and the dusk. These are something in-between. They are neither night nor day. It is a time of balance, and it is sacred." - Donnerlieschen Roesch (mystic)

"The old appeals to racial, sexual and religious chauvinism and to rabid nationalism are beginning not to work. A new consciousness is developing which sees the Earth as a single organism and recognizes that an organism at war with itself is doomed. We are ONE planet." - Carl Sagan

"The First Peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their Oneness with the Universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is Within Each of Us." - Black Elk

(Part 1) Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak part 1)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7cylfQtkDg&feature=fvwrel
>>>An End to Mountains of Intolerance — An End to Mountains of Ignorance<<<
<3*~~~ONE EARTH - ONE LOVE~~~*<3

Worldwide Peace will be created upon a foundation of Worldwide Justice for ALL. Eyes/Hearts/Minds Wide Open—> Let Love Rule.

"When the power of Love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix
Realization = Transformation
We are All Energy and We are All a Force of Nature—> we need to Act like it. Within us All is the Power to Defend Mother Earth. Love is Our Resistance. ~~<3

War destroys the Earth and ALL LIFE. Celebrate/Respect/Protect the DIVERSITY of All Life. It's up to all of us to CARE. We are all Warriors of the Rainbow~<3 (make the connection) Biodiversity Crisis  http://www.well.com/~davidu/extinction.html

*~~~Help Create Balance in the Web of Life~~~*
Put Nature and Mother Earth before money, war & FALSE "PROFIT" $$$ —> which comes at the true cost and expense of the planet. Earth is alive and is both spiritual & sacred—> it is up to all of us to help Defend her against her violators/aggressors who seek to destroy her through the creation of war, chaos, hate, strife, turmoil, and DIVISION.

+++++—>>> HATE KILLS <<<—+++++

We have ultimate and unlimited FREEWILL (literally and figuratively-- the sky's the limit)... the choice is ours to make collectively. Together we can ***Manifest a Destiny of Peace and Love***... not a future of more 'war and hate/intolerance' guided and enforced by War Dogma and Imperialism. Hatred on Earth is a "man-made" construct & CREATION. In contrast, the same is true for the existence of the unlimited and invaluable precious resource of our combined collective *Power/Energy/Freewill* that resides within each and every one of us to help in the CREATION OF PEACE ON EARTH through the pursuit of seeking understanding; trying our best to help alleviate the seemingly endless inequity that plagues the Earth, the endless suffering and oppression/struggle/burden forced upon others whom we should strive to SHARE the planet with through the *Creation of Justice & Equality for ALL*. The power is in OUR HANDS... working together to change the World for the better... another World is Possible.

Through either the CHOICE of 'inaction or ACTION'... humanity has the power to either obstruct or Create Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards All. The idea of WILLFULLY AND INTENTIONALLY creating the man-made inequity/injustice construct of "hell-on-earth" that results in worldwide pain/violence/death that so many innocents are 'forced to endure' is destructive on many different levels (one may say it creates Karmic Debt). The intentional creation of War (based on Lies) is man-made "hell-on-earth" in its worst manifestation/incarnation —> collectively as a species (possessing the power of logical critical independent thinking) we have the power to ***EVOLVE BEYOND WAR*** because it is globally destructive and must be made to be obsolete for the sake of the future of Mother Earth and ALL of us living here. Actively creating Peace on Earth (through ACTIONS as well as words— out of respect for 'diversity of tactics' to proVoke thought and proVoke freedom by 'waking others up' to all the interconnecting issues) is the only way to create a positive/"life-affirming"/"sustainable" future which will enable us to work together as a species to HEAL THE PLANET through *Love & Compassion*. Together we can help to RESTORE EARTH'S BALANCE THROUGH THE FOCUS ON RESPECT FOR NATURE.
Hate is a powerful weapon in the 'Arsenal of Hypocrisy'.  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2011/10/411187.shtml
"I have no country to fight for; my country is the Earth; I am a citizen of the World." - Eugene Victor Debs

"Either war is obsolete or men are. If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely. It is absolutely touch and go. Each one of us could make the difference." - R. Buckminster Fuller

The republican party especially— actively "legislates hate, bigotry, and homophobia". However... I do realize politics is all a 'dog & pony show' of lies, betrayal and never ending hypocrisy (on both sides). It's all 'smoke & mirrors' deception in D.C. and always will be 'about the money' and 'greed focused' on $$$. Campaigns are always geared towards fueling never-ending wars against ALL inhabitants of Mother Earth (all of us included— we're all in this together). That's why they call them "War Campaigns". Many people eagerly climb on board the 'Divide & Conquer' war train out of a sense of wanting to "go with the flow" even if it's going in a toxic, hazardous and deadly direction... and out of a nonsensical 'self-destructive' need to be a "follower of the status quo"/"business-of-war-industry as usual"... many people are mesmerized and entranced by the "drums of war" and don't use critical independent thinking to 'make the connection' to where that war will ultimately lead in terms of thinking globally. War should not be viewed as a "team sport"... "us against them"... because in the end we all end up losing. One Planet—One Peace. It's all or nothing. What 'comes around goes around' because as it should be realized as being common sense—> the Earth is circular... there's no such thing as "over there" because We Are All ONE People globally living on ONE EARTH. What is done to others is done to ourselves. The sooner we come to this understanding... the better off we will all be. The only true path towards ultimate World Peace is through 'love and compassion' directed towards the pursuit of helping alleviate and abolish the suffering of others... and by seeking understanding for the struggles/oppression of others by expanding one's consciousness to *See Life through the Eyes of Others*.

We can all help to 'be the change' and can all help to contribute and make a positive difference with a ***WorldView to Creating a Radical Paradigm Shift in Global Consciousness for True R/evolution and True Earth Liberation***.

History Repeats if we don't Learn from the Mistakes of the Past.


Inspire to encourage Care & Compassion for the injustice, domination and oppression others are forced to endure as a direct result of *{closed-mindedness}*, discrimination & bigotry. *Hate and Ignorance Kills*.


Defend Equality — Love Unites~~~<3

"The Human Heart cannot be denied. Will never be silenced. Will beat louder and louder until it deafens the ears of those who refuse to listen to the Truth." - Margaret Cho

"The Truth Cannot Be Told... It Must Be Realized". <<<—>>> "Truth Is Within."

"It's always wrong to hate, but it's never wrong to love." - Jamey T. Rodemeyer - - (born March 21, 1997 - died September 18, 2011) - (aged 14) <*>__<*> (Rest in Peace Jamey—> You Are Forever Loved.)

<>*<>—>>> It's time to stop stigmatizing and ridiculing people for the way in which they were born (RESPECT DIVERSITY). We are ALL a part of nature. We are ALL connected and are ALL here to help restore Balance and help Heal the Earth and make the World a better place. Helping to free the planet from hate/intolerance will go a long way towards True Earth Liberation... globally speaking. <<<Think Globally/Act Locally>>>

Inspire to encourage Care & Compassion for the injustice, domination and oppression others are forced to endure as a direct result of *{closed-mindedness}*, discrimination & bigotry. *Hate and Ignorance Kills*.

Minds are like the wings of a Butterfly; they work best when they are open. ~<3
Free Your Mind from 'fear & hate' and ignorance and help to Free the World— from domination/enslavement caused by the system. The 'war-system' is killing the planet. The key to finding solutions is an 'open-mind'. No tolerance for 'hate & intolerance' of others. >>> HATE KILLS <<< The WarSystem is based on a 'foundation of Lies & Hate' and is toxic & deadly to the ecosystem/the Life Force of the Earth. All Deserve Rights/Equality/Justice)—>  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/05/399923.shtml
Inspire transformation ~ another World is possible. ~~<3

Gay couples do not want to be "separate but equal" —(?)— Love is the same, straight or gay, so the "civil institution" and civil rights should be the same. Our society's denial of access to marriage to same-sex couples implicitly says that we deem their relationships as, in some, way "inferior". We can't have LGBT equality as long as one of the most important institutions in our society remains a closed shop (upholding the status quo of "entitlement" & "privilege") allowed only to heterosexual couples with all the inherent rights which are denied gay people... forcing us to be made 'second-class citizens'... null & void of equality or basic human rights which are taken for granted by so many people who are enabled and have access to *MAKING THE CHOICE* about deciding to marry the person they love. For me personally... being gay was not a choice because I WAS BORN THIS WAY (it was never a so-called "life-style choice")— it has always just been MY LIFE. Hatred breeds hatred and causes the 'cycle of oppression' around the World to be ongoing until 'wrongs of the past' are made right--- and justice, equality and freedom are created for ALL PEOPLE WORLDWIDE.

It's My Life — Talk Talk (*Advocate Rights For Everyone*— no exceptions or exclusions— humans and animals alike deserve rights & justice. NO MORE HATE and no more 'divide & conquer' by toxic and wrongly ill-conceived so-called "superiority complex" over the *FREEWILL OF OTHERS*. There is a 'Unity of Oppression' that is linked and connected Worldwide and we can see it clearly if we just *~*Open Our Eyes/Hearts~<3/Minds*~* and take a "time out" to Re-Think our WorldView—> it's beyond time to smash the systems of 'power & control'. NO MORE DOMINATION. Suppressing and prohibiting the rights, justice and freedom/freewill of others is TOXIC and HATEFUL to the planet.)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkfhTf1eYU0&feature=fvwrel
"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein

"All truth passes through three stages: firstly it is ridiculed, secondly, it is violently opposed, and thirdly, it is accepted as self-evident." - Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

There are still so many areas of this country that are still legislating bigotry and denying Civil Rights to a huge cross-section of society.

It's an individual's right to live their lives as they see fit, without discrimination, with personal privacy, with equal rights in front of the "law". People's marriages (same-sex) shouldn't be "made to be illegal"... "null & void" like what was done here in Oregon in 2005 to so many same-sex couples who were married in 2004 (including myself and my partner of now 18 years). Unless you have had your marriage "voted on" and then had it be 'taken away from you'... you don't have any idea what it's like to have suffered this indignity, betrayal and *CRIME*. Our LOVE is not "illegitimate" and is not "illegal". It is *criminal* what was done to us— and then after the fact... the crime was just "swept under the rug" like it never happened and in a way that was like what was done to us was "okay" and that it should just be forgotten because we are viewed by many as being "irrelevant"/"inferior" people (It Wasn't Okay... it was wrong on so many levels- including being incredibly HATEFUL ). All I can say is try to imagine having your love "voted on", the average person cannot even fathom it or the ramifications. It should not be "legal" for people who are in the "majority group" to be able to vote on and deny other people their equality, dignity and freedom. It is completely unjust and wrong. It is wrong for people in the "majority" to be made entitled to vote on making it so that people who are within a 'minority group' are kept in the status of "second-class" and "inferior" within society. People should not be 'legislated through bigotry, hate and discrimination' to be allowed to vote on making it so that people who are within a 'minority group' are denied justice and equality.

People should not have the legal right to deny and withhold from other people their EQUALITY and what should be their legal rights for JUSTICE... what should be their Basic Human Civil Rights. People living their lives within 'minority groups' in society should not have to live out our lives being betrayed and deceived and be forced to believe by the "dominant CULTure of dogma"... that we have to live our lives thinking we were "born as a mistake of nature" (total LIE) and that we must face the *Fear of Judgement* and be made to feel as if we are "defective" and "disposable"... made to be "outcasts" and judged by their supposed "peers" who reside within the dominant 'majority group' in society. Hatred breeds hatred and has lasting repercussions on one's life. It creates a 'Cycle of Injustice'.

We should not be forced to stand in "judgement by religious fundamentalist zealots/extremists" who force their overtly bigoted and intolerant religious dogmatic views of what they see as their own personal "superiority" over other cross sections of society... forced upon us and society at large through the power they wield both through financial backing $$$ to force their "agenda of indoctriNation"/|\"agenda of discrimiNation"/|\"agenda of domiNation"... and also through their forcing of policies that legislate hate and withhold Equal Rights and Justice from minority groups whom they "CHOOSE TO HATE". —> *Others who are different*... people who diverge from the status quo (the LGBT community) whom they "choose" to influence the general public to judge & hate as well... whom they view as "intolerable" and "disposable" and to be "excluded" from society. People whom 'they' view as eligible to be "Denied Rights and Justice" and whom 'they' view as eligible to be deemed "inferior" and "marginalized"—> Because we are "different". We are deemed and judged by 'them' as being socially unacceptable "pariahs" of society —> Because we are "different".

"I remember how "DIFFERENT" became dangerous. I still don't understand it, why they hate us so much. Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch, we are free." - Valerie (V for Vendetta)
Valerie's Letter  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0lYIBjCpco
eVerything is connected~~~<> Remember History so it doesn't repeat.
"What was done to me created me. We are the sum total of our experiences. It is the basic principle of the Universe, that each action will have an equal and opposing reaction. FREEWILL IS UNIVERSAL LAW. " - V for Vendetta
"Ideas Are Bulletproof". - V for Vendetta

ALL People's Lives have Value and deserve Respect and Dignity. All people deserve Human Rights & JUSTICE.

Creating Peace on Earth and Goodwill—> JUSTICE towards All has been made to be a "Radical Idea" in the "systems of power & control" we are ALL dominated/enslaved by.

No Tolerance for Blind Hatred & Intolerance of "OTHERS" who are "DIFFERENT"—> Let go of 'FEAR' and Free the Earth *~~Celebrate and Respect Diversity of Life~~<3
The only REAL AGENDA is the agenda for total equality and total liberation for ALL people WORLDWIDE.
Diversity and Equal Rights/Justice within society needs to be respected and upheld. There needs to be Freedom/Liberation for all people Worldwide.


The fight for LGBT rights doesn't stop with the motion on equal marriage. Our society needs strong action on a variety of issues: for example, children must be free from homophobic bullying in all schools, hate crimes are on the rise and must be tackled with the victims given proper support and we need to tackle homophobia in the workplace.

Equal Rights and Justice for ALL (Worldwide). All people are created EQUAL and all deserve EQUAL RIGHTS. No more "tolerance" for blind intolerance/hate.
No More Hypocrisy—>>>Earth Justice Now.
Shine the Light on Injustice and Inequality and CREATE a Liberated Earth.

"During Times of Universal Deceit, Telling the Truth Becomes a Revolutionary Act." - George Orwell

The Systems of 'Power & Control' vs. the unfolding R/evolution of ***FREEWILL LIBERATION***.

"The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought. The most violent element in society is ignorance." - Emma Goldman

"Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political and economic liberty, emanates from the *minority*, and not from the mass." - Emma Goldman (famous female anarchist and radical free thinker/icon <3)

"Almost always, the creative dedicated *minority* has made the world better." - Martin Luther King Jr.

"The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings." - Albert Schweitzer

>+<>^<>^<>~~~* All persons need to work together to create a just and harmonious society, not just when their own rights or liberties are threatened. Respect Diversity Worldwide. Think globally<—>Act locally. *~~~<>^<>^<>+<

"Only you can make the darkness bright... Only you can fill my heart with light... Always in my thoughts but never in my sight... Without you I don't think I have the strength to win this fight." ~~~<3

"They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." - Andy Warhol

"The only way to deal with an unfree (unjust) world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." - Albert Camus

Free Your Mind from 'fear & hate' and Free the World~~~<3

Love is Love.
Love is Our Resistance~~<3

Freedom, Justice & Equality For All!
Don't Legislate Hate.
Defend Marriage Equality. <<<—>>> Save Marriage from bigotry.

No Justice - No Peace
No Tolerance for Blind Hatred & Intolerance of "Others" who are "Different"—> ~Celebrate and Respect Diversity of Life~~<3

*~Solidarity & Peace~*
It’s about Equality.  Marriage is a Civil Right.  JUSTICE FOR *ALL*.
It’s about Equality. Marriage is a Civil Right. JUSTICE FOR *ALL*.
Putting a minority’s rights up to a majority vote is just wrong!
Putting a minority’s rights up to a majority vote is just wrong!
We ALL deserve the FREEDOM to Marry… and not have it Stolen Away From Us.
We ALL deserve the FREEDOM to Marry… and not have it Stolen Away From Us.