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Sunday, June 4, 2006

Fighting the federal marriage amendment

Posted By on Sun, Jun 4, 2006 at 9:00 AM

Today the GLBT community is celebrating Little Rock Pride at Allsop Park with a full day of activities.

With that in mind, we offered to run this guest blog commentary from Sarah Scanlon, an Arkansas native who is here as the regional field director of the Human Rights Campaign.

A two car family in Arkansas now pays $1,678 more in gas than they did in 2005. That means, even basic chores like getting kids to school, driving to work and picking up the groceries have become complicated, money-sucking ventures. Since 2000, 69,000 more people in the state are uninsured. And since that same year, employees now pay 42 percent more of their health insurance premium.

But what legislation is being pushed by President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist? Something that helps solve the problems of gas prices or health care? No. They are focused instead on the Federal Marriage Amendment, a proposed amendment that would deny marriage to same-sex couples and put discrimination into the U.S. Constitution for the first time in our nation's history.

With a vote scheduled June 5, it's a clear and inexcusable political maneuver designed to appease an extremist base and will not serve in any way to address the challenges facing hard-working Americans. The Human Rights Campaign is hard at work to defeat the amendment. But we need your help. Visit www.hrc.org/voteno to make your voice heard.

The Senate vote is just around the corner and the House is expected to vote in the summer or fall. Once you've signed, get your friends and family to join you. This is a fight for every American who believes in fairness and who sees through this shameful politicking. To stay up-to-date on this fight and on other fights when it comes to fairness for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, check out our new daily news update. Go to www.hrc.org/equallyspeaking. Once there, check out the show and sign up for a daily email reminder when the morning's show is posted.

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