Today I continue with Congressman Elton Gallegly, Republican, representative of California's 24th District:
Dear Congressman Gallegly,
I write as a concerned citizen to protest your stance on marriage equality. You voted with the majority of your party for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would have banned same-sex marriages throughout the Union. That so many long-serving elected officials should exert so much effort in an assault upon the rights of their fellow citizens was truly shocking. You should not be proud of your part in that episode, Congressman.
Marriage to the partner of one's choice is indeed an inalienable right, as the Supreme Court has affirmed in Loving v. Virginia and other decisions. Tragically, that right goes unrecognized for millions of Americans, and forces are mobilized to see that the already unjust and discriminatory state of marital apartheid that prevails in this country deepens and spreads. Those forces enjoyed a regrettable victory in the passage of your state's Proposition 8 in the most recent election.
In response, I have set out to write every member of Congress seeking redress for the injustices of both the status quo and recent depredations like Proposition 8. The surest way to safeguard the rights of all Americans is to amend the U.S. Constitution 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." On reflection perhaps you will see the folly of your past actions and rally to the cause of equal treatment under the law, which is your first duty as a legislator.
From Sunday February 8 until Saturday February 14 is "Freedom to Marry Week." Those of us who understand the urgent need for marriage equality are committed to having seven conversatins in seven days with those who are interested in discussing this issue. I forward you my contact information with this communication, please feel free to contact me if you would like to converse. In any case I thank you for your attention on this matter, and extend my best wishes for the success of the 111th Congress.