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A VOTE THIS WEEK in MI’s legislature

By |2004-04-03T09:00:00-05:00April 3rd, 2004|Uncategorized|

An Urgent Message to MichiganÕs LGBT Community and our Families, Friends and Allies
The Michigan legislature could vote as early as Tuesday on an anti-gay constitutional amendment that would deny marriage rights for same-sex couples and our families. It is critical that you contact your representative TODAY to urge him/her to oppose any attempt to deny families headed by same-sex couples the rights that other families take for granted including hospital visitation, inheritance rights and medical decision making.
If the resolution passes by a 2/3 majority in both the House and Senate the issue of amending the constitution will be put on the Nov. 2004 ballot. Voters will be given the chance to decide whether gays and lesbians deserve to be second-class citizens.

Take Action: Write, call or visit your legislators before Wednesday and urge them to vote NO on any marriage amendment (House Joint Resolution 21). Take action to protect the Michigan Constitution
To find your state representative —
By telephone: Clerk of the House: 517-373-0135
By internet: Michigan state Representatives –
http://house.michigan.gov/find_a_rep.asp
Take immediate action: go to the American Friends Service Committee web site:
http://www.ga3.org/campaign/amendment

What do you say to your elected official? It can be as easy as an e-mail or a phone call to the office to say, “Don’t support the proposed marriage amendment resolution. It is wrong and damaging for Michigan.”
Sample letter to elected officials
I urge you to oppose House Joint Resolution 21– the proposed Marriage Amendment. Michigan. Considering that the State of Michigan already has enacted a ÒDefense of MarriageÓ law which defines marriage as Òthe union of a man and a womanÓ, the movement to amend our national and state constitutions serves no purpose other than to write discrimination into the state’s constitution. Michigan taxpayers and voters deserve better legislation that is constructive rather than destructive. This proposed legislation will not improve the state of Michigan. MichiganÕs businesses and universities are struggling to jump start our crippled economy and attract capital and talent to our state. Vote NO on the proposed constitutional amendment.

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