Saturday, January 31, 2009

California (XXIII) Congressman Devin Nunes

Today I continue with Congressman Devin Nunes, Republican, representative of California's 21st Congressional District:

Dear Congressman Nunes,

I write you as a concerned citizen to protest your stance on same-sex marriage. You have voted with your party in favor of the so-called "Federal Marriage Amendment" that would have imposed a ban on same-sex marriage throughout the Union. With the passage of Proposition 8 in California, the goals of your campaign against marriage equality have been furthered in your own state.

This kind of antipathy to the rights of your fellow citizens flies in the face of the founding principles of our Republic, Congressman. Marriage is the one kinship relationship that we as citizens may freely choose, it is thus the single greatest social act we may undertake in shaping our identity and position in the community. It should thus be self-evident that marriage to the partner of one's choice is a sacred and inalienable right, one that can not be denied by any government or institution, even by a vote of the majority.

I have resolved to write every member of Congress in support of a Marriage Equality Amendment recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry throughout the U.S. Such an amendment to our federal constitution would 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 hope that on further reflection you will lend your support to this reform, or at least refrain from promoting its converse.

Thank you for your attention on this matter. I hope this message finds you well.


Andrew Meyer

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