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June 28, 2004


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During the week of July 12, the U.S. Senate will be voting on a Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Because a Constitutional Amendment requires a two-thirds affirmative vote, every Senator (Republican and Democrat alike) should be contacted to urge support for one-man and one-woman marriage.

President George W. Bush said in February of 2004, "An amendment to the Constitution is never to be undertaken lightly. The amendment process has addressed many serious matters of national concern. And the preservation of marriage rises to this level of national importance. The union of a man and woman is the most enduring human institution — honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith. Ages of experience have taught humanity that the commitment of a husband and wife to love and to serve one another promotes the welfare of children and the stability of society."

Marriage Threatened by Courts and Legislatures 
The Defense of Marriage Act was adopted eight years ago by an overwhelming majority of both Houses of Congress and signed by President Clinton. According to DOMA, whenever the word "marriage" or "spouse" is used in federal law, "marriage means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife," and "spouse refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."

Now with Massachusetts providing gay marriage licenses, the assault on the DOMA has begun across the country. A lawsuit claiming that the federal DOMA violates the U.S. Constitution was filed last month in federal district court in Miami, Florida and a similar case is pending in a federal district court in Nebraska.

State DOMAs have been adopted by 39 states, which also protects each state's right define marriage in their own state. This is a well-written law that is now under attack. While we should also try to reign in the judiciary, a Constitutional Amendment is ultimately necessary to protect marriage.

Take Action Now:
Contact your Members of Congress during recess
Enter your zip code then press go. Select your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to find their district offices.
Contact the Media
The attacks on the protection of marriage are escalating. Congress must act.

Call, write, or e-mail your U.S. Representative and Senators. Members will be home in their states and districts for the July 4 recess, and reaching them through their district offices is especially important.

Other action items include attending a town hall meeting, submitting a Letter to the Editor to local newspapers, and encouraging family and friends to get involved.

The Senate will vote during the week of July 12. Urge your Senators to support a Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage between one man and one woman.

Target List: Sens. Akaka, Alexander, Allen, Baucus, Byah, Bennett, Biden, Bingaman, Bond, Boxer, Breaux, Bunning, Burns, Byrd, Campbell, Cantwell, Carper, Chafee, Chambliss, Clinton, Coleman, Collins, Conrad, Cornyn, Corzine, Craig, Crapo, Daschle, Dayton, DeWine, Dodd, Dole, Domenici, Dorgan, Durbin, Edwards, Ensign, Feingold, Feinstein, Bob Graham, Lindsey Graham, Grassley, Gregg, Hagel, Harkin, Hollings, Inouye, Jeffords, Johnson, Kennedy, Kerry, Kohl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin, Lieberman, Lincoln, Lugar, McCain, Mikulski, Murkowski, Murray, Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Nickles, Pryor, Reed, Reid, Roberts, Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Schumer, Smith, Snowe, Specter, Stabenow, Stevens, Stununu, Thomas, Voinovich, Warner, Wyden

Further Reading about Marriage

Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121

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