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March 30, 2005

Take Action Today!

The Human Rights Campaign & Outfront Minnesota issued an action alert based on the actions of our wonderful state lawmakers trying to prohibit equality by introducing HF6. I highly suggest contacting a lawmaker from the website listed below, even if you're not a MN resident, and let them know what you think of HF6!

On Tuesday, March 29, the Minnesota House Rules Committee voted 15-8 to recommend that the full House vote to approve HF6, a proposal to amend the Minnesota constitution to outlaw all forms of legal recognition for same-sex couples and their families. This vote, scheduled by committee leaders at the last minute and with very little publicity, is the last procedural hurdle HF6 must clear before the proposal comes to the full House for a vote.

That vote could occur as early as tomorrow -- Thursday, March 31. The time to act is NOW!

Please contact your Representative in the House of Representatives (Not sure who represents you? Use our district finder) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and ask them to vote against HF6! Representatives and their staff routinely report that they hear from many, many more supporters of HF6 than they do from fair-minded Minnesotans who see this proposed amendment as damaging to Minnesota families.

Please call, email or fax your representative at your earliest opportunity to urge them to vote against HF6.
To find out who your reprsentative is and to get their contact information, please visit:

http://geo.commissions.leg.state.mn.us/districts/start.html

Remember:
This amendment is not "just" about marriage equality for same-sex couples -- it would also outlaw any form of legal recognition for same-sex couples and their families, including arrangements such as civil unions and domestic partnerships -- which surveys indicate most Minnesotans and Americans actually support.

If approved, this amendment would for the first time mandate discrimination against some Minnesota families; inviting majorities to write restrictions on the rights of minorities into state constitutions is the sort of abuse of the democratic process constitutions were intended to prevent.

The proposed amendment not only will not help a single Minnesota family, its proponents cannot even explain the extent of the harm it would inflict on same-sex couples and their families (read more). In other states, amendments have been used to drop domestic-abuse charges, to rescind domestic partner benefits, and challenge custody arrangements (read more).

Although a final House vote on HF6 could occur as early as March 31st, it remains critical to turn out mass numbers at justFair Lobby Day and the Rally for Fairness at the Capitol on Thursday, April 7, because the Senate has yet to take up the amendment. Click here for lots more information on the second-largest GLBT event in Minnesota!

Posted by ande4192 at March 30, 2005 5:26 PM | Equality/Freedom

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