Monday, February 16, 2009

California (XXXV) Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard

Today I continue with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Democrat, representative of California's 34th Congressional District:

Dear Congresswoman Roybal-Allard,

I write to solicit your support for a Marriage Equality Amendment that would recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry throughout the Union. Since 1992 you have been an outspoken champion of civil rights in the House, carrying on the family tradition started by your father, 30-year Congressman Edward Roybal. You have been a consistent supporter of the rights of LGBT citizens, earning a 100% positive rating from the Human Rights Campaign. Before last year's election you were among a handful of Californian Congressional reprepresentatives to come out publicly against Proposition 8.

As someone who has stood up in support of marriage equality you must recognize the dire aspect of this moment. The passage of Proposition 8 demonstrates that even small victories on the state level may be rolled back given enough ruthlessness and skillful exploitation of social prejudice. Not since Reconstruction have we seen a more intense and focused campaign to deprive American citizens of their rights than we witness now with the movement against marriage equality. Under such conditions, 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."

Such a reform would obviously require long struggle and much sacrifice. But if leaders like you would lend it your support we might see marriage equality secured for all Americans in this generation. Please consider giving your voice and your efforts to this campaign. In any case, I thank you for your attentin on this matter and I hope this message finds you well.


Andrew Meyer

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