Target: Senator Lisa Murkowski
Goal: Applaud Senator Murkowski for becoming the third sitting Republican senator to support equal marriage
Gay marriage has become a heated issue in American politics. As support for same-sex marriage increases, the conservative backlash against equality has been intensifying. Since President Obama has endorsed equal marriage, more and more Democratic congressmen and congresswomen have come out in support of the cause. However, it is very rare that a Republican senator or representative will endorse marriage equality. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio and Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois were the only two Republican senators who endorsed gay marriage until Senator Murkowski endorsed it on Wednesday.
Prior to announcing her support for the cause, Senator Murkowski said that her views about same-sex marriage were “evolving,” just as President Obama had once said before announcing his support. She considers herself a conservative who supports family values, and has said she believes that equal marriage promotes family values. In a statement, Senator Murkowski said that gay marriage “keeps politicians out of the most private and personal aspects of peoples’ lives – while also encouraging more families to form and more adults to make a lifetime commitment to one another.” Senator Murkowski realizes that many individuals from her party will criticize her decision, which why her announcement was a very bold move.
The fate of equal marriage is coming closer and closer to being decided. As more and more states pass laws legalizing same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court will be announcing its ruling on same-sex marriage soon, which could overrule the new state laws depending on the decision. Applaud Senator Murkowski for her courageous decision to stand on the side of equality by signing the petition below.
Dear Senator Murkowski,
While the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, the majority of conservative congressmen and congresswomen have been unwilling to accept this change. Now, you have become the third Republican senator to announce support of equal marriage.
Your announcement on Wednesday showed great courage. You know that most members of your party will not stand with you on this issue unfortunately, but you still chose to support this cause. Love between two people, regardless of their genders, promotes the family values that you and other members of your party stand by. Thank you for recognizing that.
Now is the time to fight for equality. Hopefully, other Republican senators and representatives will see that you made the right decision, and they will follow the path you have created.
[Your Name Here]
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