Dear Marriage Supporter,
President Obama's announcement of support for same-sex marriage last week is already escalating the attacks on DOMA.
The day after President Obama's announcement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid immediately tagged along, announcing his newfound support for the cause du jour.
But he didn't stop there.
As Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid controls the senate calendar...and he told the press this weekend that he wants to see an up-or-down vote on the federal Defense of Marriage Act yet this year.
This could move fast, and there are a lot of Democratic Senators who haven't publicly declared their position on same-sex marriage, but are coming under increased pressure to toe the Obama line and support same-sex marriage. It's Obama's new plan to paint the Republican party as bigots, but he needs Democratic senators to fall in line.
And the Senate isn't the only place where marriage legislation is ramping up. In the House, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) spearheaded a successful effort to amend the Department of Justice appropriation bill to ensure that no DOJ funds are spent attacking DOMA or any of the state marriage amendments. The amendment passed on a 245-171 vote, with 7 Republicans betraying marriage and their party by voting no.
Congress needs to hear from you!
The 7 renegade Republicans include Representatives Richard Hanna (R-NY), Nan Hayworth (R-NY), Mary Bono Mack (R-CA), Steven LaTourette (R-OH), Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Lee Terry (R-NE).
There is simply no excuse for anyone in the GOP to back away from marriage. Not only is defending marriage the right thing to do, but it's a winning political issue as well. In a swing state like North Carolina, 61% of the electorate just voted to defend marriage. Republicans can scarcely afford to back away from marriage in this critical election year.
Some are pushing the argument that this election is only about jobs and the economy. But while these are important issues, the future of marriage is no less important.
Mitt Romney and Reince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, understand this, and NOM applauds them for quickly and strongly responding to President Obama's announcement with a powerful affirmation of marriage. These men understand that marriage—and pro-marriage voters—are critical to the success of their party. The GOP needs pro-marriage voters to turn out in force this November, and their willingness to publicly defend marriage will make a difference in how marriage supporters invest their donations and volunteer hours this November.
This is a critical issue—and President Obama has made it a centerpiece of the 2012 election campaign. Please take a moment to send a message to your representatives in Washington by clicking this link right now.
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