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I've been thinking. With all the anti-gay legislation that passed on election day, I think the it's in the best interest of those of us who are pro-civil rights to start petitioning for laws and constitutional amendments that protect those civil rights. What I mean is, we shouldn't wait for the day when there's some proposal to amend our state constitution to say something like, "no homosexual civil union or domestic partnership shall be recognized by the state and be entitled to any of the same benefits as a heterosexual one." so we can bitch about it and try to outvote its supporters. Instead, we should start RIGHT NOW trying to an amendment to our state constitution that says "no law may be passed that restricts the rights of any couple based on their race, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation." and another one that says, "no law may be passed that restricts a woman from choosing for herself whether or not to terminate a pregnancy." Let's start protecting the civil rights we have left and start trying to claim some of the gray areas for our side.

Does anyone know what the procedure is for something like this? Do I write to my state senator or something to get the ball rolling?


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Dec. 9th, 2004 05:30 pm (UTC)
you might be able to do something as an initiative.
i've been thinking along similar lines
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC)
Find out who your state senator is. Find out who your state representative is. Go to their offices. Ask for an appointment. Pitch your idea. Bring $5000 in "campaign contributions" (optional). No seriuosly, $5000. Actually, that's a joke. (no, seriously, five grand)

You can also go to your local LGBT center, and see what they have for a political action committee. Stop by Planned Parenthood, see if the good people who work there can steer you in the right direction for political groups who might want to work on this.

Work your ass off. Seriously.

Try to figure out who in the state legislature might support you. Start calling their offices. Visit them in Olympia (? isn't that the capitol?). Bug them. A lot.

Forget everything I said if that recount doesn't work, and you have a republican governor.

Damn, that "I'm just a bill" Schoolhouse Rock didn't make it seem like it was this hard! It is a lot easier if you've got $5000. Seriously.
Dec. 9th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC)
Post your idea here. You might get some suggestions and inspire other likeminded activist folks to get the ball rolling in their states.
Dec. 10th, 2004 04:05 am (UTC)
horrah! get it started and i'll sign it. And if i werent half way around the world, i'd walk the streets getting signatures in the freezing cold.
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