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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Urge Your Senators to Oppose Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment

Take Action
In phone calls, letters, faxes, and e-mails, urge your Senators to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment. Urgent action is needed to ensure that this effort to codify discrimination against an entire group of Americans fails by an overwhelming bipartisan margin in the U.S. Senate. To easily reach your Senators, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

The U.S. Senate is planning to debate and vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment that would outlaw same-sex marriage in the United States. Termed the Federal Marriage Amendment by its sponsors, the measure states plainly that "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union between a man and a woman." The amendment would permanently deny same-sex couples the benefits of civil marriage, including spousal health care and survivor benefits. If the Federal Marriage Amendment is adopted, it will mark the first time in American history that the Constitution will be changed to restrict, rather than expand, the rights of an entire group of Americans.

The Senate is expected to vote tomorrow on the Federal Marriage Amendment (S.J. Res. 30), introduced by Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO). As a proposed amendment to the Constitution, the measure requires a two-thirds vote of support in both the Senate (67 votes) and the House of Representatives (290 votes), for passage. If it passes both houses of Congress, adoption of the amendment would then require the approval of three-fourths (38) of the states. 


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