Saturday, April 11, 2009

Connecticut (III) Congressman John B. Larson

Today I continue with Congressman John B. Larson, Democrat, representative of Connecticut's 1st Congressional District:

Dear Congressman Larson,

I write seeking your support for a Marriage Equality Amendment that would recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry throughout the United States. Your home state was among the first to realize that affording all citizens "equal protection of the law" required that full marriage equality must be enjoyed by all couples regardless of gender. Though this was an inspirational victory, it has been attended by a distressing discriminatory backlash. Across the nation travesties like Proposition 8 in California have set out to systematically strip citizens of their rights. Such an assault must be met with an aggressive response, thus I and others are advocating that the federal constitution be 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.

Your record shows you sympathetic to the cause of marriage equality. You have earned a perfect positive rating from the Human Rights Campaign for each of the last three Congresses, and have voted consistently against the so-called "Marriage Protection Amendment" that would have nationally banned same-sex marriage. The fight for a Marriage Equality Amendment would obviously be long and fraught with political peril. It is the best means, however, to counteract the reprehensible tactics of those who would spread injustice and discrimination.

I have set out to write every member of Congress seeking a sponsor for this measure. Would you take up its cause, Congressman? I hope that you will see the justness of this reform and lend it your support among your colleagues in the House. In any case I thank you for your attention on this matter and extend my best wishes.


Andrew Meyer

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