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Federal Marriage

Call Your Senator and urge them to OPPOSE the discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment!

Background

Senators Bill Frist and Rick Santorum have scheduled a Senate vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment for the week of June 5, 2006. This amendment, which would define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, has many damaging consequences some of them unintended. Not only would it use the Constitution as a vehicle for discriminating against a group of people, it could seriously jeopardize both state and federal protections for victims of domestic violence. Under the proposed amendment, states may be prohibited from recognizing any "legal status" for non-married individuals. As a result protections for violence victims, who are not married to their abusive partner, may be endangered.

Ohio enacted a similar marriage amendment, which limits marriage to the union between a man and a woman, in 2004. Since that time, some Ohio trial and appellate courts have ruled that domestic violence laws may no longer be applied to unmarried perpetrators, because it would conflict with the amendment's provision which bars the granting of marriage-like protections to those who are not married. Previously, Ohio's anti-domestic violence laws had recognized the harm inflicted by intimate partner violence, and authorized criminal prosecutions and the issuance of civil protection orders against abusers even if the perpetrator and victim were not married. This same problem exists between the Federal Marriage Amendment and the newly reauthorized Violence Against Women Act. The Amendment must be defeated and the rights and protections of victims of violence safeguarded.

Act TODAY! Tell your Senator to safeguard the sanctity of the Constitution and to protect victims of domestic violence, by voting AGAINST the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Call Your U.S. Senator NOW! Capitol Hill Operator: 202-224-3121

Subject: Call your Senator and encourage them to vote against the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Call the Capitol Hill Operator at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your U.S. Representative's office. The Senate will vote on this discriminatory and damaging amendment today!

CLICK HERE to read a fact sheet on how the amendment endangers victims

CLICK HERE to read a national letter sign on letter oposing the amendment

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