RAC: Urge Your Senators to Oppose Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment
On Wednesday, November 2, the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution will be "marking-up" S.J.Res.1, the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment." This is an opportunity for Senators to share their objections to the proposed discriminatory amendment.
Despite its rejection by a bipartisan majority in the 108th Congress, opponents of marriage equality have re-introduced an amendment to the Constitution that would permanently stipulate that marriage, and all its benefits, only be awarded to heterosexual couples. The "Marriage Protection Amendment" would enshrine discrimination and homophobia in our nation's most sacred document, undermining the principle of equal protection for all citizens and reversing America's history of expanding - rather than restricting - rights by Constitutional amendment. It could also infringe on the freedom of individual religious organizations that recognize the legitimacy of same-sex marriage - such as the Reform Movement - to sanctify such unions. Religious institutions will always enjoy the freedom to decide which partnerships to sanctify, but the United States is built upon the notion that all citizens are equal under the law.
Urgent action is needed to help defeat this anti-gay and discriminatory amendment. In phone calls, letters, faxes, and e-mails, urge your Senators to oppose the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment." To easily reach your Senators, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 or send an e-mail to your Senators using our Legislative Action Center. For more information, contact Legislative Assistant Jennifer Gubitz at 202.387.2800.