Well, that’s torn it–Bush has proposed a gay marriage amendment.
I don’t think the amendment will pass Congress. If it does, I don’t think it will be ratified. They need 38 states to do it, and I think we can find 13 states that will balk at passing the first Constitutional amendment in US history that discriminates against a class of people. But Bush needn’t care if it passes; he can use it as another way the Democrats are perverting values etc. etc. It’s obviously a political move.
Which isn’t to say it’s not absolutely terrifying and outrageous.
There’s a website–there always is–that could help. It’s called Dear Mary, and it allows you to send a postcard to Mary Cheney, openly gay daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. Before entering the White House, Mary was an outspoken advocate of gay rights, and her father said he supported equal rights for gays and lesbians. Since 1/20/2001, she’s been conspicuously silent. Now she needs to come out and oppose this revolting amendment. Send her a postcard and tell her to do so.
On the site, you can read postcards other people have written. Spend some time there, it’s really touching. They’ve got everyone from gay couples who have been together for eighteen years, to seventeen-year-old gay kids who want to be able to get married someday, to the parents of gays and lesbians. Here’s my favorite postcard I’ve read:
Please convince your father that principle is more important than politics and that he should not be a part of the conservative’s agenda against gays.
I am a so-called “straight” grandmother who has no personal dog in this fight, but I can recognize unfairness when I see it. There is no way gay marriage can influence or change my forty-five year marriage unless I were to get in a snit over it and have a heart attack. I have no respect for people, young or old, who take pleasure in denying basic right to others.
Fifty years from now, those like the Bush administration are going to look pretty foolish for their opposition to a thing so honest and right. Please ask your father to break with the others and be on the side of the angels.