Saturday, July 10, 2004

Who Will Benefit From the Federal Marriage Amendment?

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) this week, possibly as early Monday, July 12.

This constitutional amendment would define marriage as being between a man and a woman. In doing so, however, the FMA would also be writing discrimination into the Constitution, and would undermine the right to privacy our Constitution so wisely protects.

Who benefits from discrimination? Perhaps, in the short term, Bush and the ultra-conservatives who are driving this amendment would gain some political momentum. But at what cost? Most Americans value their own privacy more than just about anything, and for good reason. Most Americans would prefer to protect the Constitution than to use it to legislate morality. Less privacy and more discrimination? None of us will really benefit from that.

To read the proposed amendment, click here.

Many groups are working on campaigns to make it easy for Americans to make their feelings about this proposed amendment known to their representatives. Check out some of these if you are interested in joining them:

American Civil Liberties Union

Flags Across America

Human Rights Campaign

cross-posted @ Distracted

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