I received an e-mail from the supporters of Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) that contained a letter from him asking me to sign a petition that will be given to our own Senator Bill Frist (R-TN) who has promised a vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment during this session.
I signed the petition and added the following:
"Senator Frist, you continually acknowledge that I have sent letters to you by having one of your aides stamp a letter with your "signature" on it and remind me that you will continue to work on the issues that concern me. Not once have you addressed my question, concern, opinion or viewpoint. Most often, I oppose your view and would encourage you to reconsider your proposals, as I am now.
"I am writing to ask you to consider the ramifications of amending our Constitution with lack of understanding, discrimination and hate.
"I am a gay man. I don't want to undermine "marriage". I simply want the same legal rights as as any couple who have a home and the subsequent mortgage together, who share dreams and work toward them, and who live through the ups and downs of life as each other's partners. I want to know that after working toward our goals together for 14 years that my partner and I will not be in peril of losing everything we've accomplished because our commitment to one another isn't recognized by a random family member who is also a religious zealot, or by the governments we support every day through taxes on our salaries and the products we buy, or by anyone who simply doesn't understand or appreciate our commitment to one another.
"To imply that giving us these rights will undermine traditional marriage is misguided. Or at the very least it is an attempt to use extremist opinion to gain popularity politically. "One man and one woman" are doing a fine job of undermining "the sanctity of marriage" without any influence from homosexuals. Further, if we consider that the goverment of this country for the last 230 years has been based on the separation of church and state, our leaders' personal religious convictions have no place on the Senate floor."
Wonder if I'll get the same kind of respone I have in the past? Perhaps I'll put this on paper and mail it. It's doubtful the response will be any different than before.