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My letter to house opposing Federal Gay Marriage Ban - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
One person's lack of comprehension does not equal another's consent.
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My letter to house opposing Federal Gay Marriage Ban
The last time such an email campaign calling for such opinion was operated in this manner, only 52% of us voice our objection to a constitutional ammendment banning gay marriags. Now I know the majority of my readers will oppose this ban, but how many of you will take the five minutes it takes to voice that opinion?

I urge you to write ANYTHING in opposition to this ban which I for one consider to itself be unconstitutional. Here is the link in case you want to state your opposition as well. My letter is behind the cut. There is no requirement that you put in the sort of time I did. One sentence will do.

To my understanding of the concepts upon which this nation was founded, neither government nor religious groups has the moral right to dictate who among the free adult citizens of this country may or may not be involved in a state of "Legal marriage". I specify "Legal marriage", in the sense that it will never actually be possible to outlaw any two people from carrying out a private ceremony; So what is actually being decided is whether the government should acknowledge same sex marriage or not.

There was a time in this nation's history when racial segregation was the norm, when women did not have the vote and members of minority religions had to tolerate being treated as second class citizens. We have come a very long way in battling such forms of discrimination. To deny homosexuals the same rights and freedoms as heterosexuals is simply another form of discrimination against a largely unpopular and yet completely deserving subset of America.

In the past, the homosexual condition itself was outlawed. This is no longer the case and so these people are no longer considered criminals. As free men and women, they should have the same right as anyone else to marry if that is what is necessary for them to pursue happiness. It is my belief that it is the role of government simply to acknowledge the vows made between those being so partnered. If you say it is not the role of a government "of the people" to recognize *certain* marriages, then it is not the role of government to acknowledge marriage at all.

When the founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, they chose to refer to a higher power, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Our founding fathers chose not to define the nature or identity of "Their Creator." The Constitution emphasizes the importance of the separation of church and state. The precepts of one religion, regardless of how "popular" that religion may be, must not be made into law to override the rights of the citizens.

Just as it is not the role of government to show favoritism for one religion over another, it is also not the role of government to decide for all of the people which form of marriage is correct for everyone based on the wishes of the few, or even the many. To decide for everyone who may be permitted to be married, even by a vote of the majority, would simply be another unwelcome step toward the national theocracy which America was never intended to be, but unfortunately seems to be drifting toward.

Choosing to oppose the Marriage Amendment may not be the "popular" thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. Opposing the marriage amendment it is to stand for freedom and equality for all.

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From: whormonalisa Date: July 18th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC) (Link)
It's heartwarming to see that other people still take this issue seriously. A few years ago it was such a hot button issue but now I see more coverage of the World's Ugliest Dog Championship.

P.S: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3934788900154749704
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fixx From: fixx Date: July 18th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
some republican called my dad to see if he was voting that way

When you say That Way, do you mean the Republican Way or the Anti-gay-marriage way?
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