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Action Alert: Federal Marriage Amendment

Next week, the U.S. Senate will vote on the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" -- a constitutional amendment that will write discrimination into the United States Constitution by banning same-sex marriage. We all know the destructive consequences of such an amendment and we all must act as one to stop it.

Senator Gordon Smith plans on voting yes to pass this amendment to permanently write discrimination into the United States Constitution. Senator Ron Wyden will vote NO but both senators need to hear the voice of our community to demand fairness for all Americans.

Thank Senator Wyden for his opposition to this amendment.
Call Senator Ron Wyden:
Portland Office: (503) 326-7525
D.C. Office: (202) 224-5244

Call Senator Smith and the White House:

Call Senator Gordon Smith
Portland Office: (503) 326-3386
D.C. Office: (202) 224-3753

The White House: (202) 456-1111

Tell them:

Discrimination has no place in the U.S. Constitution. The Federal Marriage Amendment would undermine the Constitution, which in more than 200 years has never once been amended to deny rights to a group of Americans.

Instead of addressing a health care crisis, the costly war in Iraq and soaring gas prices, President Bush and the leadership in Congress are putting politics ahead of real progress by debating this divisive amendment.

Many legal experts agree this amendment also would close the door on civil unions even though 60 percent of Americans support ensuring all families can protect each other in times of crisis.

Leading conservatives agree that this amendment goes against the values we stand for as a country, including former Senator and Rev. John Danforth, George Will, William Safire and Bob Barr.

The last thing the American people want is Congress reaching into a family's private life, just like Terri Schiavo.
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By Blogger Paul Barfoot, at June 05, 2006 7:17 PM

Every season has its distinct odors. Spring has the smell of warm rain, Winter has the crisp scent of snow, etc. Well, the election season must be approaching because there is the distict smell of red herring in the air as the "protect us from homos and activist judges" amendment is being dragged out again. I resent being made a target for the purposes of distraction and the rewooing of the drooling, screaming "Christian" right. I certainly don't FEEL like the threat that they say I and my kind are. I look at my daughter and her wife and my granddaughter and I just can't imagine what it is in those loving faces that can be interpreted as dangerous to the family. I would be hard pressed to think of another example of a child so wanted, prepared for, and nourished. I wouldn't go as far as saying that all gay parents are perfect, but I think I can be pretty secure in making the statement that a lot fewer same-sex couples are parents by accident. I went to the White House web site and read the text of Bush's speech on the issue and now I just can't get the stink out of my nostrils. I think I'll go take a shower.    

By Blogger thethorn, at June 07, 2006 8:14 PM

June 7, 2006

Senator Smith,

Not satisfied with making me a second class citizen in my own state with your support of Ballot Measure 36 in 2004, you have now have cast your support for the Federal Marriage Amendment that just failed to pass. I am outraged by your continued support of legislation and ballot measures that deny me the same basic rights that you enjoy simply because I happen to love someone of the same gender in the same way as you love your wife. Who do you think you are? God?

At one time I felt some sense of compassion from you when you teamed up with Judy Shepard to support hate crimes legislation. I commend you for that but it seems your sense of compassion is limited to standing up for fags only when they are murdered. How big of you! How Christian! It seems you have difficulty connecting the dots, let me do it for you. As long as gay folk in the United States are treated as second class citizens, the homo-hating fringe will continue to see us as fair game. Got it?

Look, you are entitled to hold whatever religious views you want to hold. That’s the glory of America. However, in these United States, freedom of religion also means freedom from religion and I am sick and tired of your religion and all the others oppressing me in this the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. In Iran, they hang people like me. The only difference between you and them is that you do it in a “nice” way. Thank you very much!

At one time you seemed like a reasonable man. Someone I could actually talk to and it might make a difference. So much for that fantasy. Now I know there is no longer any reason to hope that you will consider me anything other than a second class citizen. Given that, I will do whatever I can to legally remove you and others like you from office. History is on the side of those who struggle for liberty and justice and I believe future generations of Americans will make America live up to its promise of “liberty and justice for all”. You may be remembered for some notable achievements but bigotry won’t be one of them. In the remaining time that I have on this earth, I will do my best to help return you full-time to running the family business in Pendleton. Until then, adieu.    

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