Marriage of Inconvenience
Date Added: Jan. 23, 2002
Is a time-honored institution under attack by those who belive only the union of a man and a woman constitutes marriage? More importantly, will signing an e-petition do anything to stop them?
Pass it on.
Ban on Gay Marriages Bill Now in Congress. There is a Constitutional Amendment being proposed that will ultimately ban homosexual marriages/civil unions and possibly domestic partner benefits in the future. It is being pushed through Congress quickly so as to make as little noise as possible. There's so much else in the news right now, that the amendment is not being noticed. This petition is being organized by a second party -- it's NOT an "add your name to the bottom and forward" kind of thing. Go to the site itself in order to sign the petition. Please pass this along to your friends and family, and to our straight allies. By doing so, we can convey the message that the Constitution is about human rights, not just "religious rights". PLEASE READ, SIGN, AND FORWARD ON...
First, I will reiterate my official position on e-petitions of any type: Don't sign them or pass them on, ever, period! Most lack the planning and support necessary to have any influence on public policy. Furthermore, they present a significant privacy risk because every signature is available for public view. One troublesome thing about this one is that its creators have chosen (for reasons unexplained) to not identify themselves, nor do they explain what will be done with the signatures or who has possession of them.
The basic premise behind the movement, however, is true. On July 12, 2001, the Alliance for Marriage held a public press conference in which it revealed plans to lobby for the Federal Marriage Amendment. As you might expect, opinion is starkly split on the issue. I found several articles and editorials, both pro and con, on the subject from July and August, 2001. Not surprisingly, it essentially dropped off the radar after September, but that is not likely the result of being "pushed through Congress quickly so as to make as little noise as possible." With public opinion so divided and strong lobbies such as the ACLU and Alliance for marriage involved, it's hard to believe this one will go unnoticed. Break this chain.
References: Snopes.com, Alliance for Marriage, ACLU Action Alert