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
Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Cosponsor Total: 17
(last sponsor added 06/16/2004)
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.
`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.) :)