California Senator Diane Feinstien's (D) bill to repeal DOMA, in accordance with the wishes of President Obama, will come before the Judiciary Committee this next Thursday, November 3.
The committee will debate whether to recognize homosexual "marriages" under federal law, at the same time eliminating protections for states that do not recognize homosexual "marriages."
There are 10 Democrats on the 18-member committee. Each of the 10 not only support Feinstien's bill, but are co-sponsors.
Quite honestly, it is inconceivable to me that this bill could ever pass the House of Representatives, thanks to your vote in last November's election. House Speaker John Boehner (R) has never wavered on marriage, nor will he this time. The House will kill this bill, even if it passes the Senate.
However, this is an appropriate time to send the committee members a message, including those Republicans who defend marriage.
I have listed the names of the committee, with a sample or suggested letter or email message.
The following Senators should hear from you, regardless of their Party affiliation:
Jeff Sessions (R) Alabama
Jon Kyl (R) Arizona
Richard Blumenthal (D) Connecticut
Christopher Coons (D) Delaware
Chuck Grassley (R) Iowa
Richard Durbin (D) Illinois
Amy Klobuchar (D) Minnesota
Charles Schumer (D) New York
Tom Coburn (R) Oklahoma
Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Rhode Island
Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina
John Cornyn (R) Texas
Orrin Hatch (R) Utah
Mike Lee (R) Utah
Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont
Herb Kohl (D) Wisconsin
Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky
We should also affirm our support of marriage to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) Ohio
The following is a letter that National Organization for Marriage has suggested. You can use it as a guide or as is.
I am writing to urge you to oppose Sen. Feinstein's bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee (S.598).
The Defense of Marriage Act represents the clear will of the American people, protecting the right of states from coast to coast to recognize marriage as the union of a husband and wife.
The American people have clearly spoken when it comes to marriage, rejecting same-sex marriage in all 31 states where the question has been put to the ballot. Legislators in 13 additional states have done the same thing.
Like the vast majority of Americans, I believe marriage is the union of a husband and a wife. I do not want activist judges to take away our right to define marriage . . . or to redefine marriage so that schoolchildren are taught that their parents are bigots.
Please protect DOMA and defend the rights of states to protect marriage as the union of a husband and wife. I urge you to oppose S.598 and instead work to ensure that the rights of American voters are respected, and that marriage remains the union of one man and one woman.
Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.