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July 9th, 2004


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02:06 pm - Have you bitched out your Senator today? I have.


Okay, folks.

There's a lot of worry about this Gay Marriage ammendment floating around LJ right now. Apparently, the Senate is going to be discussing it and putting it to a vote shortly.

Why can I not find any information on this discussion? A Constitutional amendment is kinda big, and should be on the
schedule, I would think. Wouldn't you?

Of course, I may have missed it.

Anyway, this (unlike that "Draft everyone and their mother" thing that gets LJ in a tizzy every so often) has the potential to go to a vote, whether it will or will not pass.

Our job, as voters, is to ensure that our elected representatives understand our position. That is the most we can do, but it is also vitally important.

Write your senators (Ohio people, I have included your Sentators' contact info at the bottom of this post) and tell them what you feel. Even if you're for this amendment, you should still call them and tell them what you feel.

Remember, if this amendment passes, it will be the only amendment that restricts the freedom of an individual in our Constitution.

Federal Marriage Amendment
Bill # S.J.RES.30

Original Sponsor:
Wayne Allard (R-CO)

Cosponsor Total: 17
(last sponsor added 06/16/2004)
1 Democrats
16 Republicans

About This Legislation:
Constitutional Amendment - Declares that marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Prohibits the Constitution or any state constitution, or state or federal law from being construed to require that marital status or its legal incidents be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

See wording:

`Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman. Neither this Constitution, nor the constitution of any State, shall be construed to require that marriage or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon any union other than the union of a man and a woman.'.

Cosponsors on this bill (alphabetical):

Sen Brownback, Sam [KS] - 3/22/2004
Sen Cochran, Thad [MS] - 5/3/2004
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY] - 3/22/2004
Sen Fitzgerald, Peter [IL] - 3/24/2004
Sen Frist, Bill [TN] - 4/8/2004
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT] - 4/7/2004
Sen Hutchison, Kay Bailey [TX] - 6/16/2004
Sen Inhofe, Jim [OK] - 3/22/2004
Sen Kyl, Jon [AZ] - 6/14/2004
Sen Lott, Trent [MS] - 3/22/2004
Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] - 4/8/2004
Sen Miller, Zell [GA] - 3/22/2004
Sen Santorum, Rick [PA] - 3/22/2004
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL] - 3/22/2004
Sen Shelby, Richard C. [AL] - 3/22/2004
Sen Talent, Jim [MO] - 4/8/2004


On an amusing side-note, Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) (Sponsor of this bill) was a Veterinarian before becoming a Senator.


Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH)
140 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3503

Senator George Voinovich (R-OH)
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3504


If you are not from OH, you can find your Senator's names/addresses here. (Don't be concerned by the "slant" that the Human Rights Campaign might have; they use exactly the same engine as the American Family Association. If you don't believe me, compare the two engines.) :)
Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Current Music: "Something so Feminine About a Mandolin", -JB
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From:gypsydove
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC)
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You have a much nicer way with words...thank you....:)
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
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Getting upset about it doesn't do anyone any good. At least, not in my opinion. I find that calm, collected, reasoned arguments are harder to dismiss as 'leftist propaganda' than angry screeching :)

Esp. when they come from a self-proclaimed disillusioned Republican.
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From:gypsydove
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:36 am (UTC)
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I didn't think i was screaming.....(worried now)....I just wanted to let people know what things they are trying to pass underneath our noses...that is all....but I learn from others...still new at this with taking with my Senators and such....about a lot of things...
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC)
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Hehe. You weren't. But in general, most conservatives write off anything that comes from a different perspective as "liberal screeching". Surprisingly, I haven't seen anyone screech yet. :)

I tend to let my elected reps know that I won't be voting Republican because of this very issue. In fact, I might be voting a total Democrat line just to show my anger and disdain.
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From:rfunk
Date:July 9th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)

disllusioned Republican, or dissembling Democrat?

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Unfortunately, telling them you might vote all Democrat might make them think that you really are a Democrat, rather than the disillusioned Republican you claim to be.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 9th, 2004 01:07 pm (UTC)

Re: disllusioned Republican, or dissembling Democrat?

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True. I try not to tell them that I actually am going to vote a full Dem. ticket. That would be silly.

I just tell them that I'm not voting Republican if things stand this way.
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From:gypsydove
Date:July 9th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
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okay good...i am glad that i didn't screech...grin...

I try not to...i try to be very open minded about it..and don't do anything till i have looked at all angles...or at least those i know of...and then i say what i think...

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From:bean_drui
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
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i've tried calling a few times now, but it's always busy. will keep trying.

thanks for passing this around.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:18 am (UTC)
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This is something that needs to be passed around.
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From:bean_drui
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
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i'm going to post this in [Unknown LJ tag]
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From:bean_drui
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
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Make note that there is a Democrat who is Cosponsoring the bill, please. They should be aware of that.
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From:bean_drui
Date:July 9th, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
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I did, hon.
From:sabra_n
Date:July 12th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)

Thanks for the info

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Didn't Zell Miller advocate George Bush's re-election, too? He's a regular old-school Southern Democrat, isn't he? What fun.

I doubt my Senators will vote for this, but I'll write to them, anyway. Then again, I do go to college in Pennsylvania...maybe I'll give Santorum a piece of my mind, too. *insert evil cackle*

-blue
From:occipitaldruid
Date:July 9th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
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I haven't been able to get through yet either, but still trying.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:July 9th, 2004 01:05 pm (UTC)
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Gee- what a shock. Satanorum's a co-sponser.

Still can't figure out how that guy keeps getting re-elected.
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From:mlleelizabeth
Date:July 9th, 2004 02:30 pm (UTC)
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I already wrote Sen. Hutchison about this, and let her know how disappointed I am in her for supporting this bill. I received a nice, but formulaic response. As she's a sponsor, I'm afraid Texas is something of a lost cause. But I'm glad I at least expressed my feelings about this bill to her.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
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The 18th amendment restricted individual rights

Yes, yes it does :) As it is no longer a constitutional amendment, though, I feel that I have the right to ignore it when making my point.

But I fully believe that if this amendment passes, we will see another amendment no more than ten years from now repealing it.

And that's just stupid, as you rightly point out.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 13th, 2004 02:17 pm (UTC)
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It remains an amendment, it's just that its enforcement is forbidden by the 21st.

Upon re-reading, you're right. I'd always thought it was "repealed".

After this, I don't trust another 4 years with Bush even if he reverses his position for the election.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 14th, 2004 05:09 am (UTC)
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I agree. I suppose I should say this: "The only thing that could get me to vote Bush right now is a change in his position on the Family Marriage Amendment."

So I highly doubt I will vote for Bush.
From:tanrinia
Date:July 10th, 2004 02:58 am (UTC)

ohio senators suck

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i haven't done this (as it is 6 am on saturday, and i don't think they're in) but i will.

you can also e-mail their individual websites (don't know them off hand) but the irritating thing is that while voinovich has all sorts of options for one's title (mr/mrs/miss/ms/dr/gen/adm/corp/ sgt etc.), deWHINE has only Mr., Mrs., or Miss.

i was e-mailing them about something and lost complete track of what it was, instead railing on deWHINE about why a man's marital status doesn't matter to his opinion but a woman's marital status does "Oh, and BY THE WAY, vote no on that abortion thing..."

how soon is the vote coming up? will a letter get there? (they tend to rate those higher than phone calls or e-mails, from what i understand).

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From:rfunk
Date:July 10th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)

Re: ohio senators suck

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Hey, yet another reason for me to be against Dewine.

Letters take forever to get there these days because of security. A fax might be a good compromise.

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