Sunday, June 04, 2006

FIVE MINUTES TODAY TO OPPOSE THE FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT

On Saturday, President Bush devoted his weekly radio address to opposing marriage equality for same sex couples. It's hard for this minister to understand how in a week that included the news of American soldiers murdering Iraqi civilians he chose this moment to express his moral outrage against people in love wanting to enter civil marriage commitments.

A study to be released on Monday by the Center for American Progress finds that only 3% of us think that abortion and homosexuality are the major moral issues facing America. Given poverty, homelessness, the war, racism, the degradation of the environment, lack of access to health care, inadequate education and so on, I find that reassuring.

Nevertheless, with Bill Frist and George Bush's support, the US Senate will spend time this week voting on an ill-conceived effort to amend the US Constitution. You may have read in the paper this weekend that the FMA has no hope of passing. I'd like to think that a majority of the Senate will just say no to this attempt to write discrimination into the Constitution, but let's not count on that happening without our involvement.

So, here's what you need to do. If you haven't written your Senators yet to ask them to vote NO on Sen Res J 1, please go to our ACTION CENTER and send them an email NOW. It will take you less than two minutes to let your voice be heard.

Monday has been designated as a CALL IN DAY on the Federal Marriage Amendment. All you need to do is call the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121, tell them your state, and they will connect you to your Senators' offices. Simply tell the person who answers the phone that you are a person of faith and that you oppose the FMA.

Your spending five minutes today can make a difference in people's lives. What's a greater moral value than that?


1 comment:

Jeff Wilson said...

Thank you very much for the pointers, I just emailed my senators in North Carolina and asked them not to desecrate the Constitution in this way.