Today’s letter – Act on your beliefs

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

In 2005, you said “I believe that lesbian and gay couples are entitled to full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against based upon their relationships.”

AB 43, the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act,” would bring us one step closer to that laudable goal. Please sign AB 43 and put your beliefs into action.

Yours,

Today’s letter – Proposition 22

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

You have stated that you would veto AB 43, the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act,” because it conflicts with the part of the California Family Code that was installed by Proposition 22 in March of 2000.

I was surprised to discover that AB 43 does not conflict one bit. Section 300 of our Family Code says “Marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman,” while section 308 deals with marriages from other jurisdictions. Proposition 22 added Section 308.5 and was marketed and sold as defending California from marriages performed elsewhere, as evidenced by its redundant language and subordinate placement. Proposition 22 was never intended to stop civil gay marriage in California, or its makers would have changed Section 300 and the Constitution, not Section 308.5.

If you don’t believe me, you can read the bill. AB 43 was written to specifically fix Section 300. It won’t touch 308.5. If the courts decide this Fall that 308.5 is unconstitutional – as you desire – we need AB 43.

You are free by law – and obligated by the Constitution – to remove the ban on same-sex couples from marriage. Please sign AB 43 and say no to discrimination in this state.

Sincerely,

Today’s letter – the people HAVE decided

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

You have said over and over that you want the people to decide the fate of marriage in California. But the people HAVE decided.

They decided against discrimination when they enacted the constitution; they decided when they failed to amend the constitution with Proposition 22, and they decided when they elected and re-elected the legislature that brings you AB 43, the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.”

Now it is up to you to do your job and enforce the people’s will: sign AB 43.

Thank you,

Today’s letter – no problem finding a priest

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger –

Why is it that my fiancĂ©e and I have no problem finding a priest who will marry us and a church that will welcome us, but our government won’t let us wed?

Please help end California’s ban on gay marriage by signing AB 43 and supporting marriage equality.

Sincerely,