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Contacting Your Congresspeople

Yes, this is about the proposed ban on homosexual marriage, and how to oppose it. So if you think "gays marrying is icky/against GOD!/bad bad bad, the downfall of our society," don't bother reading any further.

I know that the normal information floating around about contacting your Members of Congress has the hotline to call, but for those of us (like myself) who get very self-conscious on the phone, and are better-spoken in email, I'd like to give the following link:


You can use this to find the homepages and other electronic contact info for your various Congresscritters, and thus send them an email on the issue, usually (at least for Maryland) through various forms to fill out, rather than sending an actual email from your own email application. Following is my own message that I sent... It's not as persuasive as it might be, given unlimited space (which at least some of those forms don't allow for), but I hope it at least does its job.

Dear (insert name);

While I'm not certain that this message will ever reach your eyes, I feel that I have to write to my representatives in Congress to let them know of my strong opposition, as a constituent, to the Federal Marriage Amendment. I'm sure that you're going to see a lot of messages, and hear a lot of voices, either for or against such an amendment. I'd like to add my own message to the mix, and hope that it makes some small impact.

While there are a lot of arguments you could make for or against an amendment to ban gay couples from marriage, it just simply boils down to discrimination, in the end. Some people don't want gay couples to marry due to religious reasons, but in the end, the church and state are *supposed* to be separate, and "God doesn't want them to marry" is *no* excuseable reason to support actual legislation. On the other hand, "it would break down current culture/confuse definitions/etc." seems to be simply another way to say "well, I don't like it, I'm bigoted, and I don't want things to change." After all, the same arguments were used for interracial marriages, or other such segregation efforts.

In the end, it boils down to this: will two people who love each other, entering into a civil union harm anybody but themselves? The answer frankly is no. Will preventing such a union be discriminatory, and will legislating such a ban be encouraging and legalising discrimination? I can see no answer to this but a resounding "yes."

I strongly urge you to do the right thing, and oppose any attempt to ban homosexual marriage, whether through a Constitutional amendment or other means. Thank you.


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Mar. 28th, 2004 06:13 am (UTC)
Both of my Senators (Stabenow, D-MI and Levin D-MI) as well as my Representative (Dingell, D-MI) have long been on record being against government intrusion of this sort.

My state also recently decided that electronic ballot boxes that fail to produce a verfiable paper trail are bad ideas, and largely adopted the Electronic Frontier Foundation's guidelines on reliable balloting. No Florida or Diebold-style election problems in *this* state...

As well as having a governor who said, "Hm, we've got a deficit, let's go around the state, ask everyone in a whole lot of town meetings which services they think are most important, then make cuts based on keeping the most important things intact and balance the budget". As opposed to the governor of California, who decided, in response to a deficit, to, of all things, *cut* taxes still further and then borrow all the money needed to fill the gap he just made much bigger.[1]

And my state *never* went for Bush in 2000; neither in the Republican primaries (where we voted for McCain) nor in the national election (where we voted for Gore).

I like my state. My state has Clue. :-)

[1] For those playing along at home, if you guessed the fiscally responsible governor of Michigan was a Republican and the fiscually crazy, borrow-spend governor of California was a Democrat you'd be...completely backwards between Democratic Governor Granholm of Michigan and Republican Governor Schwarzzeneger of California. ;-)
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