Gay Dads for Equality

The fight for marriage equality from the viewpoint of gay parents

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Failing Republicans again turn to anti-gay politics to distract voters, and we pay the price

Dear Friend,

Our families are at risk again. Radical right wing groups and their supporters in Congress are gearing up their base to try again to put discrimination against same-sex couples and their families into the United States Constitution.

When Bush and other Republicans are entangled in failed policy initiatives and corruption scandals, and as they are running out of their post-election "political capital" - they again turn to divisive anti-gay propaganda. They hope to distract voters from their failures by inciting hate. So they are reigniting the battle in the Senate over the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment. Please, stand with me and millions of other Americans in rejecting efforts to write discrimination into the Constitution.

This week, the American Family Association alerted their members to expect a vote in the Senate in early March on the Marriage Protection Amendment, formerly known as the Federal Marriage Amendment. In late January, anti-gay Senator Rick Santorum (R-Penn) stated, “I have asked the leader to hold a vote on defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. The intention is to bring up the Allard constitutional amendment.” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has promised the radical right wing groups a vote in the U.S. Senate this year.

Please contact your United States Senators and Representative in the House of Representatives and urge them to keep the Constitution free from discrimination.

Some important things to remember:

We shouldn't write discrimination into the Constitution, and the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment is discriminatory. Throughout American history, the Constitution has been amended to protect and expand the rights and liberties of the American people. The Constitution should never be amended to single out any group of Americans for discrimination.

The so-called Marriage Protection Amendment would seriously endanger civil unions and domestic partnerships.

The Constitution should not be used as a political weapon. Some Republican leaders are using a vote on the Constitutional amendment to increase voter turnout among their political base.

Take action today to let your Senators know that you oppose the radical right's attempts to use Congress and the Constitution to harm same-sex couples and their children. Click here to take action now!


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