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Sent: Tuesday, February, 2006
Subject: Take Action Today To Help Marriage Equality


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!



Marriage Equality Week news:

Renew your vows to Marriage Equality

You are invited to renew your Vows to marriage equality.

Click here to ask your friends to sign the Million for Marriage petition.

Click here to download your free Million for Marriage Poster and IM icon.
668,000 people have already signed the Million for Marriage petition - help us reach our goal of 1 million signatures!

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 American.

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 Amendment."

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 equality.


Joe Solmonese
HRC President

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.


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