if you're inclined to write your representatives, here you go. i don't normally do stuff like that, but,
Today, our president calls upon Congress to pass a constitutional amendment to limit the institution of marriage to one man and one woman. He states, according to the news source that I've read this morning, "America is a free society, which limits the role of government in the lives of our citizens... This commitment of freedom, however, does not require the redefining of one of our most basic social institutions." With all due respect, from time to time, freedom does require redefining our basic social institutions. If we didn't do so, women would not have the right to vote, blacks and whites would not have the right to marry, and women would not have the right to assist in the defense of our country as part of the armed forces. Part of the beauty of our country and the way that we've built it is that we do have the power to step back and say "This isn't right, and we have the power to fix that and make our country free for everyone."
The idea that preventing same-sex couples from marrying will "preserve the institution of marriage", with a divorce rate of nearly fifty percent among heterosexual couples, is preposterous. At that rate, there is no institution to defend. Allowing same-sex couples to marry merely grants loving couples the same rights as most other loving couples have always had: to make medical decisions for each other, assist in raising each other's children and having rights over those children, and to have property rights if one partner passes away, among all the other benefits and rights that being married in this country grants. Some same-sex marriages will last for fifty years; some will get divorced after a few months. But in a society where we already have same-sex couples who have been together for decades, not to offer them the same benefits that we offer heterosexual couples violates the basic principles that this country was built on.
I implore you to assist in defeating this proposed amendment, and I ask you to implore your fellow legislators to do the same.