Sunday after church I'll blast to LAX to fly to Washington to be part of the Human Rights Campaign "team" taking on the Federal Marriage Amendment at our Nation's Capitol. Here's an update from HRC President Joe Salmonese -- your prayers and action invited!
This is it. With President Bush slated to speak from the Rose Garden about the "need" for the Federal Marriage Amendment and with debate starting in the Senate on the same day, we are truly in the final moments of a critical time for equality.
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In an attempt to placate his extremist base, the President is making a rare Rose Garden appearance Monday. Anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family whined when the only voices coming out of the administration were the First Lady saying the amendment shouldn't be used as a political tool and Mary Cheney reiterating her father's opposition to the amendment. So, of course, President Bush is answering their call.
We're answering back. On Monday, we'll be on the airwaves and on the Hill. We'll be delivering more than 250,000 postcards to the Capitol making it clear that the Constitution should not be used as a political weapon. We'll be gathering a group of hard-working Americans to talk to the media about how Congress should be focused on finding answers to their challenges, not putting discrimination in the Constitution. And we'll be in the halls of Congress, working with Senators and their staff to deliver the best messages on the Senate floor.
And momentum is on our side. This week alone, the USA Today and the New York Times joined last week's Washington Post in publishing editorials against the amendment. Among other major outlets, the Associated Press, CNN and Good Morning America all ran stories on the fight. Over the weekend, expect to see more press - and more opinion leaders pointing out that this is purely a political ploy, and a discriminatory one at that. I'll be on Fox News' Weekend Live with Brian Wilson on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (EST) making that point when I go up against Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.
Yesterday on MSNBC, Newsweek's Howard Fineman said President Bush has used anti-marriage equality rhetoric too many times and he's at a "stage of diminishing returns." I think Howard Fineman is right. Anybody supporting this amendment now is out-of-step with the American people.
But that doesn't mean we shouldn't flood our Senators' phones with calls. The vote could happen as soon as Tuesday, but debate may stretch it out to the following morning. Call every day until the vote: 202-224-3121. And call the White House while you're at it: 202-456-1111.
It's going to be a busy week next week. A big thanks to all of you who took action and encouraged your friends and family to join you. Your voices are key to this fight - don't stop making them heard!
President, Human Rights Campaign