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Log Cabin: GOP Says NY Sens. Can Vote For Gay Marriage

Posted in Actions, Governor David Patterson, Marriage, New York with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by jeffbhall

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The Log Cabin Republicans announced on Tuesday in The Advocate that New York State Republicans have been given permission to cast what is being called a “conscience vote” in favor of Gov. David Paterson’s marriage-equality bill.  The Republican State Legislative leadership is telling its caucus in the State Assembly and State Senate that the Republican Party will take no official position and are taking a neutral stand on the issue of marriage equality.  In essence the Republican Party is now more progressive on gay marriage than the Obama White House, which has stated it’s opposition to gay marriage.

Jeff Cook, who is the legislative adviser for the Log Cabin Republicans explained why this is such a significant decision.  Quoting from The Advocate article,

“…the decision stood in stark contrast to the tack taken in 2007, when assembly minority leader Jim Tedisco and the GOP leadership pressured assembly Republicans to vote against marriage equality.

“We were successful in that environment in getting four Republicans to vote yes, making it the first bipartisan vote on marriage in a legislative chamber,” Cook said. “But we would have probably done better if there was a ‘vote of conscience.'”

Cook called it “significant” that “the center of gravity in both parties has shifted on this issue to where Republicans now feel like their conference needs to be neutral and Democrats feel their conference needs to be emphatic in support.”

The article goes on to point out that a Siena poll released on Monday found 53% of the state’s voters want Governor Paterson’s marriage-equality bill passed, while only 39% are opposed to it.

In order to become law, the bill must pass both the State Assembly and the State Senate.  The New York State Assembly is expected to pass the equality bill; but the battle ground remains in the Senate.  While Senate Democrats, lead by Majority Leader Malcom A. Smith, have control of the Senate by a slim margin of 32 – 30, four Democrats are already vowing to vote against equality.  The four Democrats include Senator George Onorato (D-Queens) and Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. (D – Bronx).

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Action: Tell Obama That Marriage Opponents Follow His Lead. Stop the Obama Defense Now.

Posted in Actions, Barack Obama, Brian Bond, Hawaii, Maggie Gallagher, Marriage, National Organization for Marriage, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by thepowerny

Last  week we asked you to join us in calling Democratic members of the Vermont House of Representatives who had voted against the gay marriage bill to ask them to vote to override the Republican governor’s veto.  When we did, we learned about something rather disturbing.  We’ll call it The Obama Defense.  Time and again, callers reported back to us that Democratic office holders who espoused an opposition to gay marriage and a support of the existing civil union law defended their position by saying it was identical to President Obama’s.  They were right.

This has to stop now.  Contact Brian Bond, the White House  LGBT Liason, and ask him to tell the President that his separate-but-equal campaign position on marriage jeopardizes equality at the state level.  Tell him that when rogue Democrats at the state level oppose marriage using the Obama Defense, he has a duty as party leader to tell them to vote with their caucus for equality.  Tell him that with Democrats threatening to block marriage legislation in New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Hawaii, the only acceptable position is for him to support marriage equality now.   

brian_bondx3901Brian Bond
White House Director of Outreach and LGBT Liason
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111
E-mail: bbond@who.eop.gov

 

A year ago, gay people might have found a separate-but-equal pro-civil union position adequate, but Proposition 8 changed everything.   Proposition 8 banned same-sex marriage, but it did nothing to the existing California law which permits gay people to obtain civil unions.   That said, it completely exposed the animus that underlies such a system.  Our loss forced us to take a close look at the advertising that was used against us, the organizations that opposed us, and the lies, hate, and fear they spread there and that they are are now spreading throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States.  In other words, we learned that separate is not equal. 

President Obama thinks that whether to recognize same-sex relationships is to be determined by the states and that his only responsibility in the matter is to make sure that recognized relationships get federal benefits. 

Unfortunately we have seen that his unwillingness to use the bully pulpit of the presidency to speak out for equality exposes us to greater lies and indignities.   As President, he has a duty to make sure that LGBT people are able to live with the same dignity and community respect as all other people.

The Windy City Times reported that when President Obama ran for the Illinois State Senate in 1996, he was unequivocally for same-sex marriage

President-elect Obama’s answer to a 1996 Outlines newspaper question on marriage was: “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.” There was no use of the phrase “civil unions”. [ Outlines purchased Windy City Times in 2000 and merged companies. ]

Now is the time for President Obama to return to that position, to lead the Democratic Party and the country as the “fierce defender of equality for LGBT people” that he says he always has been.  It is time for him to be a leader who provides no defenses for legislators who support separate-but-equal positions.

It is time for us to tell him that NOW IS OUR TIME.

Contact

Brian Bond
White House LGBT Liason
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111
E-mail: bbond@who.eop.gov

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POWER ACTION: Act to Overturn the Vermont Veto NOW

Posted in Cynthia Browning, Marriage, Polls, Tim Corcoran, Vermont with tags , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by thepowerny

To win full marriage equality in Vermont we must push Democrats who voted against the marriage bill to vote with their party and override Republican Governor Jim Douglas’s veto.

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is expected to follow through on his threat to veto gay marriage legislation tonight. The Vermont House of Representatives could vote on whether to overturn the veto as early as Tuesday. The legislation passed the House on Thursday with a vote of 95-52. In order to guaranty that we will overturn the veto, we need 100 votes. Don’t wait until after the vote to get angry. Act now to ensure we win!

TEN Democrats voted against marriage last Thursday. Three are expected to vote to override a veto as a show of party unity. We need two more. We must act today!

So if you do nothing else today, join us in calling these two Democrats to tell them to do the right thing and support the Democratic caucus in overturning the veto:

browningRep Cynthia Browning-Democrat
Home Office: 802-375-9019 (call here first)
Capitol Switchboard: 802-828-2231

Email: cynthiab@sover.net (call first, it’s easier to ignore email)

Browning has been under extraordinary pressure from her colleagues, but has yet to move. The Burlington Banner reported: “Browning said her vote had nothing to do with religion, but rather the fundamental purpose of marriage. “It’s not based on religion. It’s actually based on a view of how our society works … on an anthropological basis,” she said. [emphasis added]

tim-corcoranRep. Tim Corcoran-Democrat
Home Office: 802-447-0929 (call here first)
Capitol Switchboard: 802-828-2231

The Banner also reported: ” Rep. Timothy Corcoran II, a Bennington Democrat, also voted against the bill. He called the decision the most difficult of his seven years in Montpelier. “It came down to what my belief of what marriage is, and that is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I just couldn’t get over that at the end of the day.”

“I’m going to have to live with it,” Corcoran added. “No matter how I voted it was going to upset a lot of people. It’s unfortunate, but that’s my job, and ultimately I will be held accountable.” ”

And in fact he will.

If you want to see marriage in Vermont, YOU MUST come out to these legislators (you can also come out as a straight person who has LGBT loved ones you care deeply about). Tell your own personal stories AND THEN tell them that their actions affect you and your loved ones and that they must vote with the Vermont Democratic Party to override Gov. Douglas’s veto.

CALL THEM BOTH NOW!

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO CALL

After you call (and tell your friends after they call), respond to this poll so we can keep track of how many people are calling:

And whatever happens, commit to supporting primary challenges against any Democrat who does not support an override of the veto.

YOU HAVE THE POWER

For a complete list of Democrats who voted against marriage click here. Answer the poll each time you call any of them.

POWER ACTION: Tell VT Democrats to Do The Right Thing Right Now!

Posted in Actions, Cynthia Browning, Marriage, Tim Corcoran, Vermont with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2009 by jonwinkleman

To win full marriage equality in Vermont we must push Democrats who voted against the marriage bill to vote with their party and override Republican Governor Jim Douglas’s veto.

Vermont Governor Jim Douglas is expected to follow through on his threat to veto gay marriage legislation tonight.  The Vermont House of Representatives could vote on whether to overturn the veto as early as Tuesday.   The legislation passed the House on Thursday with a vote of 95-52.  In order to guaranty that we will overturn the veto, we need 100 votes.   Don’t wait until after the vote to get angryAct now to ensure we win!

TEN Democrats voted against marriage last Thursday.  Three are expected to vote to override a veto as a show of party unity.  We need two more.  We must act today!

So if you do nothing else today, join us in calling these two Democrats to tell them to do the right thing and support the Democratic caucus in overturning the veto:

browningRep Cynthia Browning-Democrat
District Office: 802-375-9029
Home Phone: 802-375-9019

Email:  cynthiab@sover.net (call first, it’s easier to ignore email)

Browning has been under extraordinary pressure from her colleagues, but has yet to move.   The Burlington Banner reported:  “Browning said her vote had nothing to do with religion, but rather the fundamental purpose of marriage. “It’s not based on religion. It’s actually based on a view of how our society works … on an anthropological basis,” she said. [emphasis added]

tim-corcoranRep. Tim Corcoran-Democrat
District Office: 802-447-0929
Home Phone: 802-442-8419

The Banner also reported: ” Rep. Timothy Corcoran II, a Bennington Democrat, also voted against the bill. He called the decision the most difficult of his seven years in Montpelier. “It came down to what my belief of what marriage is, and that is between a man and a woman,” he said. “I just couldn’t get over that at the end of the day.”

“I’m going to have to live with it,” Corcoran added. “No matter how I voted it was going to upset a lot of people. It’s unfortunate, but that’s my job, and ultimately I will be held accountable.” ”

And in fact he will. 

If you want to see marriage in Vermont, YOU MUST come out to these legislators (you can also come out as a straight person who has LGBT loved ones you care deeply about). Tell your own personal stories AND THEN tell them that their actions affect you and your loved ones and that they must vote with the Vermont Democratic Party to override Gov. Douglas’s veto. 

CALL THEM BOTH NOW!

TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW  TO CALL

After you call (and tell your friends after they call), respond to this poll so we can keep track of how many people are calling:

And whatever happens, commit to supporting primary challenges against any Democrat who does not support an override of the veto.

YOU HAVE THE POWER

For a complete list of Democrats who voted against marriage click here.  Answer the poll each time you call any of them.

Don’t Mess With The Gays

Posted in Actions, Marriage, Vermont with tags , , , on March 30, 2009 by thepowerny

Having threatened to veto the marriage equality bill that will soon be on his desk, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas is learning what it’s like to be against marriage equality after Proposition 8. 

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Since Friday you’ve been emailing him and calling him at 802-828-3333.  Click here to see The Power action alert.

Douglas received over 1500 letters over the weekend.   That’s a lot of mail in Vermont.  The messages were obtained by the Associated Press in response to an Access to Public Records Act  request.  According  to GaySocialites.com he’s also been followed everywhere by 200 polite but unrelenting protesters. 

Be sure to let us know when you call by clicking here

 Keep up the good work!  Now is our time

ACTION: Tell Governor Douglas that Separate Isn’t Equal

Posted in Actions with tags , , , on March 27, 2009 by thepowerny

Today Vermont Governor Jim Douglas announced that he will veto a gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature.   He calls it a personal decision.  We call it hateful.   Stand up and speak out.  Call his office today at (802) 828-3333 and tell him that asserting that separate is equal is not a personal decision.  It’s bigotry. 

 The marriage equality bill passed in the Senate today and is now in Vermont’s House Judiciary Committee.  It is expected to come to a vote in the House next week.  It is expected to pass in the House as well.

Douglas said:

“I believe our civil union law serves Vermont well …” Douglas told a gathering of reporters and onlookers at a hastily called news conference in the Pavilion Building. “I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman. … I’m announcing that I intend to veto this legislation when it reaches my desk.”

via ‘I intend to veto’ gay marriage | burlingtonfreepress.com | The Burlington Free Press.

In his statement he said that the decision of whether to support same-sex marriage is “a deeply personal matter.” 

WRONG.  We’re not talking about some ineffable question of when life begins.  We’re not even talking about religion.  We’re talking about civil rights and whether it’s okay for a governor in 2009 to assert that separate is equal.    It’s not.  And it’s time politicians get it into their heads that no amount of euphamism is going to make biggotry acceptable. 

Show your power! 

1.  Beginning Thursday, start calling Governor Jim Douglas at (802) 828-3333.  Tell whoever answers the phone that separate is not equal, that Governor Douglas’s position perpetuate’s anti-gay bigotry, and that you want him to treat LGBT people with dignity by signing Vermont’s marriage law.  He only has one assistant so it should be pretty easy to shut down his office.

2.  After you call, leave a comment on the website of his local paper (click here to post) telling them what you’ve done to excercise your power.

3.  Share this action with everyone you know.