In reference: Constitutional Amendment to ban gay marriage
Dear <Honorific> <Name>,
I am writing you today to urge you to vote against the proposed amendment to the Constitution for the purpose of banning gay marriage.
I have been married for almost 11 years to my wife Melissa. We have many friends who are gay or lesbian. They are friends, co-workers, and neighbors. They deserve the same privilege and rights and protections and benefits that I and my wife enjoy should they wish them.
The conservative right wants to base our country’s laws on their theology in contravention of the separation of church and state which is a cornerstone of our nation. They, not any two people who love each other enough to want a life-long commitment are undermining what our society stands for and the ideals upon which it was founded. Please vote against their attempts to effectively mandate a religious doctrine into the Constitution.
Marriage should be a social contract between individuals, at least as far as the law is concerned. I have no issues if a specific religion or religious institution decides not to perform a specific form of marriage ceremony for any two people. That is their right under our laws. I do have issues when they attempt to take their religion and enforce it through secular law where it has no business being.
Joseph L. Traub
Yes, I’m aware that I left it at ‘two’ people. While I personally practice polyamory, I don’t quite believe that our government is ready and able to comprehend that level of life yet and wanted to make myself appear closer to their ‘norm’ when writing them. My view is first get them to accept arbitrary sexed marriage, *then* fight for arbitrary number. One step at a time and we might, just might, win this fight.
(and once again, the attack of the psychic MP3 player :))