Religious freedom is not the only freedom

Author's note: Thank you to Pam Spaulding from Pam's House Blend for helping spread the word about the LTE campaign tool. Cross-posted from Democratic Muse.

At no time in history has denying basic freedoms stood on the side of what is right and just. Amendment One will potentially deny loving and committed unmarried couples the freedom to protect their families through healthcare benefits, regardless of their gender or sexual orientation. There are very few freedoms more basic than protecting those you love.

North Carolina already denies gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry. The law defining marriage between one man and one woman was passed in 1996 and there is little to no chance "activist judge" will overturn it. Still, Thom Tillis and the Republican majority in Raleigh spent their time this legislative session devising a plan to write it into North Carolina's Constitution.

Tillis has admitted the law will not stand the test of time:

It's a generational issue," Tillis, a Republican, was quoted as saying. "f it passes, I think it will be repealed within 20 years."

Tillis spokesman, Jordan Shaw, has acknowledged that the speaker has had a difficult time justifying the Amendment in light of the conservative philosophy to limit government intrusion into private lives.

This is one reason some prominent Republicans have lined up against Amendment One. Rep. Renee Elmers, former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot and John Locke Foundation's John Hood have all spoken out against Amendment One.

Renee Elmers:

...conservative Republican U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of the 2nd District says she will vote against the amendment. While she believes in the traditional definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, Ellmers says she thinks the amendment could be used to ban civil unions, and that she does not support.

John Hood:

I think amending North Carolina’s constitution to forbid gay and lesbian couples from receiving any future legal recognition, including civil unions, is unwise and unfair. In my opinion the real threat to marriage is not the prospect of gay people getting hitched. It is the reality of straight people too quickly resorting to divorce, or never getting hitched in the first place.

Prominent Charlotte Republicans Russell and Sally Robinson:

Elon University polls show a majority of citizens opposing Amendment One, while PPP polls show a majority of voters supporting the Amendment. What is most disturbing is the PPP poll also shows a majority do not understand exactly what Amendment One will do.

  • -Only 31% of voters correctly identify that Amendment 1 bans both gay marriage and civil unions.
  • -28% think that it only bans gay marriage.
  • -7% think that it actually legalizes gay marriage.
  • -34% admit that they don't know exactly what the amendment does.

Obviously, we have a lot of work to do to educate voters in North Carolina. There are some wonderful organizations working to defeat the amendment. I wanted to do something beyond talking with friends and neighbors or making a few phone calls, so over the past several days, I've put together a Letter to the Editor campaign tool that should facilitate letter writing campaigns. Currently it includes a list of links to a large number of newspapers that require letters to be submitted on their own web form. These links will open in a new window, so you can quickly copy and paste your letter from paper to paper. I would suggest tweaking it a bit for each one as they don't like multiple entries.

Also included is a form, available only to registered users, that lists all papers that receive letters by email. Once you fill in the required information and write your letter, you may send the email to as many newspapers as you like. Once you hit submit, the emails are sent for you with your email and contact information showing in the header. Please stop by and give it a try.


The first letters have gone out

I was very happy to check submissions today to find that several people have registered and are sending out letters using the form I worked so hard on. Actually, locating web forms and email links to 87 papers was the most tedious part.

Please let me know if you have any problems using this. I will be cleaning up the list of links and making it look a bit prettier over the next few days.

The list of links is available to anonymous users, but the email submit form is only for registered users.

Anyone running an issue or political campaign - please feel free to use this.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Excellent work

Thanks for doing this.


Thank you!

I wish I could do so much more.

I need to check the radio and television stations that accept LTEs. I will keep adding sources.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Obama DOJ not defending DOMA even more!

Apparently there was only a degree to which they weren't defending it before, and with a recently court case, one of many moving up the system towards SCOTUS, they stated they aren't defending it all. To hear what I just said in a more sense-making way, check out this video. It also talks about the issue of deportations of binational married gay couples (since such marriages don't count for sponsoring your spouse to stay, unless we can pass UAFA - Uniting American Families Act, or repeal DOMA - Defense of Marriage Act):