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Letters to Elected Officials
Thanks to this link referenced by ldyicefire I have sent the following letter to Sen. Maria Cantwell, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Jay Inslee.

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 :))

Current Mood: determined determined
Current Music: Echo's Children - The Word Of God

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lisakit From: lisakit Date: February 25th, 2004 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Much more well spoken than my letter.

Folks can see my post here for links to all Washington State reps and senators. The main site should have links to other reps and senators and/or states as well.
kendaer From: kendaer Date: February 25th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
*nod* The site I pointed to can give you all of those as well. It will also help you find which ones are relevant by putting in your zip-code or address. Additionally it will let you send the mail directly through their site.

In general, it's not worth writing to a representative who isn't in your district as they tend to ignore non-constituents. That is why I targetted my letter specifically at the two WA senators and the representative who (supposedly) represents me.

pondside From: pondside Date: February 25th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you!
I'd write, but they don't care what Canadians think...
We're already pinko leftist commies who smoke pot and do not respect Mr President George W Shrub.

ps hi
kendaer From: kendaer Date: February 25th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah.. how dare you :)

(not that I respect Herr Diktator particularly much either)

PS: Hi yourself :)
juuro From: juuro Date: February 25th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the firm, determined but non-hostile phrasing you have there.

While I understand that the greater government may not be ready to contemplate poly situations, I do feel that it might have been possible to say something like "the persons concerned" and leave it to the reader's prejudices to decide that it means two persons.

Hm. Perhaps not. Such modification seems to weaken the impact.
kendaer From: kendaer Date: February 25th, 2004 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I had initially tried writing it with non-specificity on the numbers of people involved. That didn't sound anything but wishy-washy and that isn't want I wanted at all.

Therefore I went with 2 as the 'default' number of people that most people would think of as constituting a marriage (any discrete number worked for impact)
darenye From: darenye Date: February 25th, 2004 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
*claps* but maybe you want to change "I do have issues when..." to "However, I do have problems with..." so that it is a little less repedative, and harder for their poor overworked brains to switch around, taking out, or adding in nots.
kendaer From: kendaer Date: February 25th, 2004 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin* Yeah, that probably would improve it slightly, but since I've already sent the letter, all I can hope is that anyone else who uses my letter as a template takes your comments into consideration :)
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