Exercising my rights as a US Citizen
I was reading CNN today and realized just how close we are to having the US Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment. I decided that it was important to have my voice heard by my representatives in congress. The idea that we would amend the most important governmental document we have just to DENY a particular group of people rights is abhorrent. I don't think it really matters what your political views are, or what religion you choose to practice, as Americans, we need to uphold the rights of all of our fellow citizens, lest we be next. This country is truly about freedom for all who live here and just because some of us don't like the fact that some people have an alternative sexual orientation does not mean we should go against our values. It is the same reason we have the freedom of speech. There are many things that people say and believe that I find distasteful, Neo-Nazis, Skinheads and the KKK for example, but what makes this country great is the fact that I would give my all to protect their rights to believe and say whatever they want. I don't have to like it, and I don't have to listen to it, but I respect their right to do it. No one says you have to like homosexuality or "gay marriage" and none of us have to be a part of it, but all of us need to protect the rights of our citizens to be and live any way they please. I'm for marriage, of any kind, between any people... as long as you love one another, it's none of my business. I say this as a happily married man and a citizen of the greatest country in the world.
Below is the letter (email) I sent to Senators Graham and Nelson of Florida. I also sent a letter (email) to Representative Wexler of the 19th District, but his was more a letter of support since he actually believe the exact same thing I do...
Dear Senator Graham,
I am writing to you in regards to the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment to the United States Constitution. As one of your constituents, a democrat and a happily married man, I urge you to fight this discriminatory measure. I strongly oppose any amendment to our constitution that denies rights to any group of people. The constitution is a sacred document that stands for our values of freedom and equality. If we allow an amendment to be passed that oppresses or discriminates against a certain group of our people, we go against the very ideals of what this nation stands for. For over two hundred years our country has been a beacon of freedom and opportunity for all people. As a country we do not discriminate based on economics, religion, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. If two people love one another, then it does not matter what gender they are, they should have the right to create a spiritual and legal union with the same rights as any other couple.
I hope that as one of your constituents, you hear my words and give them consideration when a vote is made in this matter. I thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
Maximilian A. Schriefer
I encourage everyone to send a letter to their representatives in congress so that you can have your voice heard!
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