Target: Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania
Goal: Legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania.
Currently, gay marriages are only recognized by 9 of 50 U.S. states and Pennsylvania is not one of them. It is an act of discrimination to ban LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) citizens from being able to marry. This lack of rights is going to drive citizens out of Pennsylvania and into other states that do provide these basic rights. Because of this, Pennsylvania is at risk of losing many important residents. It is imperative that gay marriage is legalized in order to make LGBT citizens of Pennsylvania feel welcomed and accepted.
Anyone who has spent time in Philadelphia or the surrounding suburbs knows that there is a very visible and active LGBT community. Not only are there gay-friendly stores and neighborhoods, but there are often events of LGBT pride. In a community that seems so openly accepting of the LGBT lifestyle, it is extremely contradictory that gay marriage is not allowed. No matter how safe and welcomed they feel in their own neighborhood, LGBT citizens can’t help but feel excluded due to the fact that they don’t have the right to marry.
Pennsylvania harbors the “City of Brotherly Love,” not the “City of Straight Brotherly Love.” If you want to hold on to the sense of community and brotherhood within Pennsylvania, then that definition must include everyone, whether gay or straight. We must legalize gay marriage in Pennsylvania in order to create a better relationship between citizens and their state.
Dear Tom Corbett,
In today’s society, gay marriage is becoming less and less controversial, yet Pennsylvania is still set in an outdated mindset. By preventing gay marriage we are not helping anyone, but are merely hurting those who are excluded. If gay marriage was legal in Pennsylvania, not only would straight people not be affected, but also LGBT people will finally have the rights that they deserve.
If you want to maintain the sense of brotherhood held in Pennsylvania, everyone must be included in that brotherhood. It is extremely contradictory for the state that harbors the “City of Brotherly Love” to uphold such hateful policies. If gay marriage is not legalized, Pennsylvania is not only going to fall behind the modern laws of several other states, but it will also lose a great deal of valuable citizens. I urge you to open your mind, stop enforcing hateful policies, and create equality by allowing gay marriage in the state of Pennsylvania.
[Your Name Here]