NOM: New Bill to Protect Marriage in Washington D.C., Support Needed!

URGENT ALERT: Urge Congress to Support Bill to Protect Marriage!

Breaking news from Washington . . . .

9 U.S. Senators have agreed to co-sponsor a bill that would guarantee the right of DC residents to vote on same-sex marriage.

The bill will be introduced shortly and will complement a similar bill introduced in the House in January.  The House bill is HR4430, and I’ll keep you posted when the Senate Bill is introduced and assigned a number.

The next few days are crucial as we meet with legislators and seek support on Capitol Hill! We need your help right now.

Use this link to send an email to your Senators and Congressman. Tell them you want them to join as co-sponsors of the DC Marriage Initiative bill / HR4430, and even more importantly, push to ensure that the bill gets a vote on the Senate and House floors.

Sending Your Letter
The 9 Senate co-sponsors are Senators Robert Bennett (UT), Sam Brownback (KS), Jim Bunning (KY), John Cornyn (TX), Mike Enzi (WY), James Inhofe (OK), Pat Roberts (KS), David Vitter (LA), and Roger Wicker (MS).  The 2 House co-sponsors are Representatives Jason Chaffetz (UT) and Jim Jordan (OH).

When you use the link above to send your email message, you’ll see two letters. If your senator or congressman is one of the existing co-sponsors to the bill, they will receive the “Letter for Co-Sponsors.” Otherwise, your senators and congressman will receive the “Letter for All Others.”  Either way, your letter will be going to your own elected officials in Washington.  Please take a moment to personalize your letter to let your representatives in Washington know how important this issue is.

Your Voice Makes a Difference!
We face an uphill battle, and the next few days are extremely important as we gather support in Congress. NOM and Stand4MarriageDC are in meetings almost daily with various House and Senate offices, and we need your support. Your legislators need to hear not just from us, but from you — their own constituents who care about this important issue.

The Senate leadership just wants this issue to go away, and will do whatever they can to bury it in committee. That’s why every Senator needs to hear from people in his or her own state, urging him to stand up for the voting rights of DC residents.

An out-of-control city council tried to do an end run around the DC Charter, refusing to recognize the rights of DC voters to file an initiative petition on marriage. Regardless of where your representatives stand on same-sex marriage, tell them that we ought not stand for this sort of government abuse against the residents of our nation’s capital.

Tell your Senators and Congressman you want them to publicly stand for marriage and civil rights by co-sponsoring the DC Marriage Initiative Bill / HR4430. Tell them how important this issue is both for the future of marriage and for the rights of everyday citizens trying to stand up against a government machine.

Then tell them you want them to champion this issue, push for a vote, and not let Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid bury it in some subcommittee!

Please click here to send your message to Congress today!

Then forward this message to friends and family all across the country! Together we can stand up for DC voters and make sure they have a chance to be heard on marriage!

Brian BrownFaithfully,

Brian S. Brown
Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ  08542
bbrown@nationformarriage.org

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Vermont seeks Marriage Referendum| S 115 Red Alert Assignment—An Army of Phone Calls

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Vermont Call your State Senators

We’ve blogged about the Vermont marriage situation here and here, but here is the latest update:

From Take it to the People:

Tomorrow afternoon, Monday, the Vermont Senate will hold a rare special session to act on several bills including the Gay Marriage Bill S.115. The bill will be voted upon sometime after 3 PM.

Senator Kevin Mullin will likely offer an amendment to the bill that would require a public referendum. Your Senator(s) need to know that you support the referendum and that you expect them to support it.

Please CALL your Senator(s) on this (emails are not as effective). Briefly and politely ask them to support this amendment — whether they are for or against Same-Sex Marriage. It’s only fair that the issue be put before the voters. After all, they do “trust their constituents” to do the right thing, right….

Senators who could use a little extra “encouragement” to support this include:

Mazza from Chittenden/Grand Isle: (802) 863-1067

Choate and Kitchel from Caledonia: (802) 748-2629 (Choate) & (802) 684-3482  (Kitchel)

Scott from Washington: (802) 223-5135

Senator(s) Contact Info: Remember to Call—It’s more effective

The contact info for all 30 Senators is included below. A call to the Statehouse at 1-800-322-5616 allows you to leave a message for them during business hours.

ADDISON DISTRICT (2)
(D) Ayer, Claire D. (802) 545-2142
(D) Giard, Harold (802) 758-2577

BENNINGTON DISTRICT (2)
(D) Hartwell, Robert M (802) 362-5757
(D) Sears, Richard W (802) 442-9139

CALEDONIA DISTRICT (2)
(D) Choate, Matthew A. (802) 748-2629 & (603) 650-4268
(D) Kitchel, M. Jane (802) 684-3482

CHITTENDEN DISTRICT (6)
(X) Ashe, Timothy, (802) 318-0903
(D) Flanagan, Ed, (802) 862-3203
(D) Lyons, Virginia “Ginny” V., (802) 863-6129
(D) Miller, Hinda,(802) 862-7008 & (802) 660-4880
(D) Racine, Douglas A.,(802) 434-2013 & (802) 863-1141
(R) Snelling, Diane, (802) 482-4382

ESSEX-ORLEANS DISTRICT (2)
(R) Illuzzi, Vincent, (802) 334-2807
(D) Starr, Robert A., (802) 988-2877 & (802) 988-2281

FRANKLIN DISTRICT (2)
(R) Brock, Randy, (802) 868-2300
(D) Kittell, Sara Branon, (802) 827-3274

GRAND ISLE DISTRICT (1)
(D) Mazza, Richard T.,(802) 863-1067 & (802) 862-4065

LAMOILLE DISTRICT (1)
(D) Bartlett, Susan J.,(802) 888-5591

ORANGE DISTRICT (1)
(D) MacDonald, Mark A., (802) 433-5867

RUTLAND DISTRICT (3)
(D) Carris, Bill,  (802) 438-5391 & (802) 773-9111
(R) Maynard, Hull P., (802) 773-3000  & (802) 773-3000
(R) Mullin, Kevin J., (802) 775-7631

WASHINGTON DISTRICT (3)
(D) Cummings, (802) 223-6043
(R) Doyle, William T., (802) 223-2851
(R) Scott, Philip B., (802) 223-5135

WINDHAM DISTRICT (2)
(D) Shumlin, (802) 387-4447
(D) White, Jeanette K., (802) 387-4379

WINDSOR DISTRICT (3)
(D) Campbell, (802) 295-6238
(D) McCormack, Richard J., (802) 234-5497
(D) Nitka, Alice W., (802) 228-8432

<>Ruby Eliot

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Vermont: Citizens can vote on the Lottery, but not on marriage | S. 115

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Senate Bill 115: “Marriage” = legally recognized union of two people.

Email the VT Governor: ask him to veto S. 115.

Find your representatives here: ask them to vote “No”

Senate email list & Representative email list

Friday, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to pass S. 115 onto the Senate floor.

The committee was made up of 4 democrats and 1 republican. Although the lone Republican, Kevin Mullin, at one point, proposed an amendment to the bill that asked for a statewide referendum— he abandoned his constituents and voted in support of the bill that literally crosses out the meaning of gender in marriage.

The bill is expected to pass both the House and the Senate, making Vermont the first state to force marriage redefinition on its citizens through the legislature.

So even though the state of Vermont allowed a lottery referendum, they won’t let the citizens decide (or even discuss?*) how marriage will be defined.

Perhaps the Republican Governor will veto, but he refuses to tell anyone his plans.

Baptist News quotes Steve Cable, president of Vermont Renewal and spokesperson for the Vermont Marriage Advisory Council:

I think [Vermont legislative leaders] realize that with California, Arizona and Florida this last election, and with secular social science [supporting traditional marriage] … they had better do it now because they really don’t have any arguments for gay marriage since we already have civil unions. Civil unions provide — according to every legal expert that’s testified to this committee — every legal benefit and protection that Vermont can provide. The only thing they can get out of this is the social status of marriage."

The BP article also points out that in April 2008, the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection** issued a report that fell short of legalizing gay “marriage” because they found four areas that needed more research and review. Two of these questions included:

  • What is the best science available today on the different impacts on children raised in different family structures?
  • What has been the experience of the Massachusetts lesbian and gay couples who have married under MA law?

Even though the Senate Judiciary spent a whole week discussing the bill. There was no attempt to answer these questions raised by the democrat commission. (Read full article here)

<>Ruby Eliot

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*Oh wait, they did allow citizens to speak for one hour during a public hearing.

**The commission was made up of democrat leaders in the VT legislature.

 

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