Today I continue with Congressman Jeff Flake, Republican, representative of Arizona's 6th Congressional District:
Dear Congressman Flake,
I write to you as a concerned citizen to urge you to change your stance on same-sex marriage. In a recent editorial following November's general election you wrote of the Republicans' need to find a way "out of the wilderness," saying:
I suggest that we return to first principles. At the top of that list has to be a recommitment to limited government.... Second, we need to recommit to our belief in economic freedom.
Does not your vote to impose a federal ban on same-sex marriage amount to an expansion of the intrusive powers of government and a curb to basic freedoms? What good is the freedom to produce, earn, and consume if it is not joined to the freedom to share one's prosperity with the life partner of one's choice? Is the right to love any less fundamental than the right to own? Is building one's family less intrinsic to one's happiness than building one's material estate?
The best service of the the "first principles" you write of, Congressman, would be to reform our laws to bring them into alignment with the inalienable rights of our citizens. That will only happen when our Constitution is 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 urge you to give careful consideration to this issue. Thank you for your attention, I hope this message finds you well.