Today I conclude my correspondence with California's Congressional delegation (until the vacancy created by the departure of Congresswoman Hilda Solis from the seat representing the 32nd District is filled) with Congresswoman Susan Davis, Democrat, representative of California's 53rd Congressional District:
Dear Congresswoman Davis,
I write seeking your support for a Marriage Equality Amendment that would guarantee the right of same-sex couples to marry throughout the United States. The text of such an amendment 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." Though great strides have been made in the fight for marriage equality in recent years, tragic setbacks like the recent passage of Proposition 8 are a reminder of how well-funded and determined are the forces of discrimination and injustice. The time has come to make an unequivocal and principled stand, and to seek a permanent and universal redress for the injuries that those deprived rights of marriage equality have been made to suffer.
As a founding member of the LGBT Equality Caucus you have been a staunch champion for the rights of LGBT citizens. Support of a Marriage Equality Amendment would be a fitting extension of your already admirable record. Though the fight for a constitutional amendment would obviously be long, difficult, and fraught with political peril, with the backing of a well-respected public servant such as yourself it could change the public discourse in this country long before its goal was practically achieved.
I have set out to write every member of Congress enlisting support for this campaign. The letters are all being gathered at a weblog online: http://marriageequalityamendment.blogspot.com/. I hope that you will lend this amendment your proven energy and integrity. In any case I thank you for your service to our nation and extend my best wishes for the success of the 111th Congress.