Target: Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court
Goal: Convince the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw gay marriage bans as unconstitutional
The United States Supreme Court is set to tackle the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment passed in the November 2008 elections, which states that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” This is a historic time, and it calls for a historic vote. It is time that our gay brothers and sisters were afforded the same rights as everyone else, and invalidating bans on homosexual marriage in the eyes of the Constitution is the perfect way to affirm those rights. This is a civil rights issue of vital importance, and the Supreme Court has the chance to extend the basic civil right of marriage to a deserving population that has been marginalized for far too long.
In 2010, Proposition 8 was overturned in the United States District Court. The ruling stated that the law violated both the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. And early in 2012, a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed this decision in a 2-1 decision. The Supreme Court has scheduled an oral argument for March 26 of this year, and the Court is expected to issue it’s ruling by June.
By signing this petition you will help urge the U.S. Supreme Court to rule gay marriage bans unconstitutional – a major step towards making sure that all American citizens are seen as equal in the eyes of the law.
Dear Chief Justice John Roberts, United States Supreme Court,
The inequality under the law that our gay brothers and sisters have suffered under must come to an end. During the current session of the Supreme Court, you are scheduled to tackle of the constitutionality of California’s gay marriage ban – Proposition 8. I am writing you today to urge you to vote on the side of history and affirm that a ban on homosexual marriage is indeed unconstitutional.
This is a defining civil rights issue of our time. For too long gay couples’ love has been seen as unequal to their heterosexual counterparts. But times are changing, and people are becoming increasingly open to the idea of gay marriage. Banning gay marriage is no different from banning interracial couples from marrying – it marginalizes a group whose love for each other is no different than the love of a married straight man and woman. Please vote to outlaw gay marriage bans so that these loving couples can finally find equality under the law.
[Your Name Here]
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