Target: Missouri State Senator Ed Emery
Goal: Don’t block same-sex couples from being given marriage licenses.
Missouri’s gay and other same-sex couples who want to wed could be forbidden from receiving marriage licenses even if the practice is legalized in the state or nationwide if legislation introduced by State Senator Ed Emery becomes law. This is a discriminatory and unconstitutional proposal. Demand that Senator Emery abandon it at once.
Emery’s bill is designed to prevent the state of Missouri from having to accept marriage equality if it becomes federal law by cutting off the infrastructure that would allow same-sex marriages to occur within its borders. According to the proposal, Missouri would be legally barred from enforcing any marriage that was not between a man and a woman, and no state funds could be used to license or otherwise “support” marriages that were not between a man and a woman. Additionally, it would give the state the legal power to purge political supporters of marriage equality within its government by firing any state employee that did not abide by these discriminatory rules.
This is a feeble, last-ditch attempt by the conservative right to keep their discriminatory dreams alive in the face of mounting evidence that universal marriage equality in the United States is more inevitable than ever. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator Emery rescind his bill from consideration so that it never has the chance to keep same-sex couples in the position of second-class citizens.
Dear Senator Emery,
I am writing you today regarding your new proposal, Senate Bill 555. It is a discriminatory, unconstitutional piece of legislation that does not fit in a country that should be defined by its freedom and equality.
Many keen observers of the American political scene suspect that universal marriage equality within the United States is inevitable, probably via a decision by the Supreme Court. Your bill reflects the paranoia that you, and probably many other conservatives, feel in light of this reality. It would allow your state to defy federal law, which is unconstitutional.
That’s not all—it would also allow your state to defy the precedents set by a number of your very own counties, which have already begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following state and federal court rulings saying that your state’s previous ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. How do you think your new bill will pass similar scrutiny? You are grasping at straws and it is painfully obvious.
The United States should already be ashamed over how long its taken for marriage equality to gain legitimacy and be legalized, and your proposal is not helping the issue whatsoever. I demand that you rescind Senate Bill 555 from consideration so that it never has the chance to become law.
[Your Name Here]
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