Target: Staci Dennett and Nadir Karim
Goal: Applaud couple for pledging not to marry until gay people in Pennsylvania can marry
In Pennsylvania, it was illegal for gay people to get married. After the Supreme Court’s decision in June that overturned key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, some states’ policies on marriage have changed. Pennsylvania was one of the states who was having a politically heated gay marriage fight. A couple who lives in Philadelphia pledged not to get married until all people could get married. They saw the gay marriage ban as unfair, so they did not feel right getting married until the ban was lifted.
Staci Dennett and Nadir Karim have been together for five years. They are an interracial couple that views the ban on same-sex marriage the same as the ban on interracial marriage that previously existed. Dennett said that “Forty-six years ago, we couldn’t have gotten married in the South, just because of our skin color.” It really is no different than a ban on two people of the same sex getting married.
Since the Supreme Court’s decision, the couple has been planning to get married. Dennett has a gay cousin and has always felt that it was wrong of her to marry when her cousin could not have that same right with her partner.
Many celebrity couples, such as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have waited to get married until gay marriage was legalized. Staci Dennett and Nadir Karim are just two ordinary people who have made this commitment to themselves because they believe in equality. Commend the couple for their dedication by signing the petition below.
Dear Staci Dennett and Nadir Karim,
You have been together for 5 years, and have waited to get married because of the cause you believe in. You do not think it is fair for the two of you to get married while gay people still are not allowed to get married. The dedication that you have put into this is inspiring.
You recognize that since you are an interracial couple, many years ago you could not have gotten married in parts of America. It really is the same situation with gay marriage. It is simply that two people who love each other and are in a committed relationship are banned from getting married. It was the same in the 1960s as it is now.
Now since the Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, many gay couples will be legally allowed to marry. You have waited patiently to get married because you believe in full equality. Your patience has paid off and now you can get married knowing your cousin also has the same right.
[Your Name Here]
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