Dear friend, Congress is about to vote on amending the U.S. Constitution to deny marriage equality to same-sex couples. Never before has our Constitution been amended to take away anyone's rights. Yet our Senators will vote on this amendment in the next 48 hours. It's urgent that we speak up now. This hateful divisiveness has no place in America. Please join me in saying so, at: http://www.moveon.org/unitednotdivided/ Equality in marriage is the civil rights issue of our generation. We can't let anyone, or any group, be singled out for discrimination based on who they are or who they love. Thank you.
Monday, July 12, 2004
Gay Marriage Petition
MoveOn.org has arranged a petition organizing public opposition to the proposed Constitutional Amendment outlawing homosexual marriage. If you're so inclined, sign it today -- it's being submitted to lawmakers tomorrow. Here is text from MoveOn.org:
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It should, of course, conclude "...whom they love", but I guess it's the thought that counts.ReplyDelete
I don't necessarily agree with the sweeping idea that this would be the first amendment to take away anyone's rights - even individual rights:ReplyDelete
The 11th Amendment takes away the right to sue a state of which you are not a citizen.
The 13th Amendment took away the property rights that slaveowners had held, without compensation for the taking. (This was a right that they morally never should have had, but it was a legal right nonetheless.)
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment took away the rights of certain people (former Confederate officers) to occupy public office after being duly elected.
The 18th Amendment took away the right to manufacture and import alcohol. (The 21st gave it back.)
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While I am opposed to this amendment (as I am to most amendments to the constitution), online petitions like this are worthless. There is no verification of 'signers'. While the 'net has made communication much simpler and faster, the value of thoughts sent via email and these 'petitions' is pretty low. If you really want to voice opinion to your elected representative, write and actual letter. If it means that much to you, send it Express Mail.ReplyDelete