I know many have received this, but I thought I would
send it out in case. Seemed appropriate - especially
given the day.
Thank you and Happy Valentine's Day!
Equality Week news:
Renew your vows to Marriage Equality
When we learned earlier this week that right-wing
extremists were rallying forces for another attempt
to amend the U.S. Constitution to discriminate against
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples, it
was a loud wake-up call.
We immediately responded with nearly 100,000 letters
to our legislators (thank you!), and now it's time
to do more than react. It's time to be pro-active.
You see, it's been nearly three years since a handful
of loud, anti-gay activists decided to make marriage
their cause and provoked a fight with you, me, and
everyone else who believes in equality. And there's
one thing that we know for sure: the issue of marriage
equality is not going away and right-wing extremists
will stop at nothing to legitimize discrimination against
loving same-sex couples.
We have witnessed and fought back against extremist
attacks on state legislatures, individual couples,
and the U.S. Constitution. We have watched them try
and convince an electorate that marriage between same-sex
couples would unravel the very fabric of the American
family. And although they have seemingly convinced
some with their bigoted rhetoric, the majority of the
American people still believe in equal protection and
rights for same-sex couples.
That's why we're asking for
your help today to rally OUR forces. You've already
joined nearly 700,000 Americans in signing the Million
for Marriage petition. Today, "renew
your vows" to marriage equality and help us send
a strong message to our leaders: Discrimination has
no place in our states or in our constitution. Ask
at least 5 friends to join you in signing the Million
for Marriage petition today.
In the past few years, we have had some victories,
and yes, we have suffered some defeats. But the Human
Rights Campaign is in this for the long haul, and we
will not back down until we have achieved full marriage
equality for every gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender
In fact, this work is so important that in 2005 we
reorganized staff, resources, and priorities throughout
the Human Rights Campaign to focus on winning more
battles in the states and keeping discrimination out
of federal legislation and out of our U.S. constitution.
In 2006, we'll go even further:
we will launch an aggressive campaign to inspire
fair-minded Americans to take action and support
efforts to win equality in the two places where we
need it most: in the states where right-wing extremists
have pushed their discriminatory measures onto local
ballots, and in Washington, DC, where we'll fight
the extremists who are AGAIN pushing the so-called "Marriage
You can play an important part in these efforts. Start
today by helping spread the word about the Million
for Marriage petition. Then, stay tuned for more information
on how you can renew your commitment to this issue,
stay involved, and support state and federal organizing.
And thank you for your continued commitment to marriage
We have already begun strategic planning and have organizers
on the ground working round the clock with our coalition
partners to stop anti-gay measures from taking hold
in the states. Now all we need is you. Your public
commitment to marriage equality starts with a simple
act: forwarding our Million for Marriage petition
to at least 5 friends. Human Rights Campaign refers
to this petition when we talk to our local and federal
leaders - and the more people we have supporting
marriage equality with their signature, the more
clout we have when talking to our legislators. This
grassroots support will be especially important in
2006! Spread the word today.