Sunday, December 7, 2008

Arizona (IV) Congressman John Shadegg

Today I continue my correspondence with Arizona's congressional delegation with Congressman John Shadegg, Republican, representative of Arizona's 3rd Congressional District:

Dear Congressman Shadegg,

I write to you as a concerned citizen to plead with you to change your stance on the issue of same-sex marriage. You have consistently voted in favor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage throughout our Union. Such a reform would exacerbate the already monstrous injustice of our laws. The Government Accountability Office lists 1, 138 rights, privileges and protections that married couples enjoy under federal law. The exclusion of same-sex couples from the marital bond thus strips them of these myriad advantages freely granted even to convicted and incarcerated felons, so long as they marry someone of the opposite sex.

Unless our basic law is reformed in exactly the opposite manner for which you have voted, the unfair and oppressive condition of our institutions will persist. Our Constitution should be amended to read, "The right to marry shall not be abridged or denied by the United States or any state on account of sex or sexual orientation."

I appeal to you to carefully reconsider your stance on this issue. Thank you for your attention, I hope this message finds you well.


Andrew Meyer

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