Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Defend Marriage- Sign the Petition and call/email Feingold and Kohl

Next week, the US Senate will be addressing the marriage amendment. The Center for Reclaiming America has a petition to sign, if you are interested.

Make your voice heard-


The "Stand For Marriage" petition states:
As a concerned citizen, I am calling for government leaders to take action -- including federal and state constitutional amendments – to define marriage as the union of "one man and one woman." Marriage, as a legal status and the benefits associated with marriage, should be limited to one man and one woman relationships.

Click here to read and sign the petition

Contact Kohl and Feingold:

Senator Russell Feingold,Milwaukee Office
Phone Number: (414) 276-7282
Fax Number: (414) 276-7284
Other District Offices: http://feingold.senate.gov/contact.html


Senator Herb Kohl, Eau Claire Office
Phone Number: (715) 832-8424
Fax Number: (715) 832-8492
Other District Offices: http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_offices.html

8 comments:

Tommy J said...

Why don't we defend marriage by outlawing divorce? About one in two heterosexual marriages end in divorce. Wouldn't that do more to defend marriage?

BBG said...

Tommy
Your one in two is about correct. I wonder how many same sex partnerships end in what ever you want to call it???

K. Carpenter said...

Please be advised, those of you sending me hate mail because I posted this thread, your comments will not be posted on this blog.

You may choose to disagree, if you would like, just Tommy J did, but name calling, hate mail and vulgarity will not be posted. Follow Tommy J's lead and feel free to respectfully disagree.

jeff said...

The one question that those who support such amendments as these and such petitions have never answered for me to my satisfaction is this: what is the compelling interest of government and society which is served by denying a portion of the consenting adult population of our country the right to marry the consenting adult of their choice?

Is it any different from denying me, a consenting white male adult the right to marry the woman I love who just happens to be Hispanic? Within the lifetime of many of us, my marriage would have been considered against God's plan and also a felony in a number of states. Applying the good sense of the Supreme Court in its 1969 decision, Loving v. Virginia, I believe that efforts to outlaw same sex marriage or civil union is just as wrong.

K. Carpenter said...

Hey Jeff. How are you doing? I am going to step back for a bit and let some others field your question. As you are aware- I clearly have an opinion on this issue.

I just want to give others a chance to respond first.

Check back later

Anonymous said...

I think the biggest issue here is not the restricting of rights of consenting adults to marry (and that is a big one, I'll give you that). The biggest issue here is that this movement seeks to use the U.S. Constitution to set out limits to rights. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights have historically been used to protect rights, to set out citizens' rights ... not to restrict them. As a matter of fact, every time the Constitution has been used in this way, it has failed miserably. I'm talking about slavery, women's right to vote and most notably, Prohibition.

Of course, I, too, have never heard a compelling argument (that isn't religion-based) about why gay marriage is bad for America.

Marriage is a stabilizing force in any society. It stands to reason that more marriage would be more stabilizing.

K. Carpenter said...

Restricting of rights?

Here is a copy of the constitution and the Bill of Rights- where in here does it say that you have the right to marry?

http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.table.html#amendments

jeff said...

It is found in the 9th and 10th Amendments along with the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia where the Court affirms a series of previous reviews which found that right to exist for all consenting adult Americans barring a compelling governmental interest to not allow marriage (ie mental incompetency, lack of age of consent, fraud, etc.).

Our rights are not limited to those only explicitly listed in the Constitution. They arent something given to us by government, they are inalienable according to Jefferson.

I also love ANONYMOUS's posting that more marriage between people committed to each other is a good thing for our society.