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Take care,
 Celia

> > 
> > Homosexual Marriage and Union Ban
> > 
> > There is a Constitutional Amendment being proposed that will ultimately
> > ban homosexual marriages/civil unions and possibly domestic partner
> > benefits in the future.
> > 
> > It is being pushed through Congress quickly so as to make as little
> > noise as possible. If you think that this issue does not belong in the
> > constitution, then please go to this site and sign the petition in
> > order to make your opinion known:
> > 
> > 
> > http://www.petitiononline.com/0712t001/petition.html
> > 
> > http://www.petitiononline.com/0712t001/petition.html
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > This petition is being organized (it's not an "add your name to the
> > bottom and forward" kind of thing). Go to the site itself in order to
> > sign the
> > petition.
> > 
> > And please pass this along to your friends and family (gay & straight
> > allies) so that we can all, together, convey the message that the
> > Constitution is about human rights, not just religious rights. If you
> > have
> > problems getting to the petition with the link above, go to
> > www.petitiononline.com, select the Top 10 Petitions and choose the
> > Oppose
> > the Federal Marriage Amendment.
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > **************************************************************
> > Ellen Lewin
> > Professor, Women's Studies and Anthropology
> > Department of Women's Studies
> > University of Iowa
> > 701 Jefferson Building
> > Iowa City, IA 52242
> > 319-335-1610
> > 319-335-3070
> > fax-319-335-0314
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > To:  Our Elected Officials On Thursday, July 12, 2001 the group,
> > Alliance for Marriage, announced their proposal for a CONSTITUTIONAL
> > AMENDMENT entitled "The Federal Marriage Amendment." The purpose of
this
> > amendment, according to the AFM, is to strengthen American families and
> > reintegrate the role of a strong father figure. Realistically, though,
> > this is a thinly veiled attempt to federally ban gay marriages in the
> > US. According to the Alliance for Family, this Amendment would add the
> > following two sentences to our Constitution:
> > 
> > 
> > "Marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man
> > and a woman."
> > 
> > "Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor state
> > or federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or
the
> > legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > This would eliminate Vermont's Civil Union bill and the future that ANY
> > states have to institute a similar bill. This could also leave the door
> > open to the abolition of domestic partner benefits in the future. NOW
is
> > not the time to take steps BACK in reinforcing and embracing diversity
> > in our country. Nor is it the time to give in to groups who are trying
> > to hide behind the wall of "Family Values" when they are undermining
the
> > very root of it. They are not only seeking to destroy loving couples
and
> > families, but they are asking you to be the enforcers in violating
basic
> > human rights of your gay tax payers and voters.
> > So, please DO NOT give in to such a blatant attempt to discriminate
> > against EQUAL citizens of this country.
> > Sincerely,
> > 
> > --Boundary_(ID_f9H3BlzNayFDTqgb1+d8ew)
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> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:navy'>I was the =
> > 451,110<sup>th</sup>
> > signature on this petition. Please consider adding your name. =
> > <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
> > 
> > <p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dnavy face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:
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> > 
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> > style=3D'font-size:
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> > 
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> > style=3D'font-size:
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> > style=3D'font-size:12.0pt;color:navy;mso-no-proof:yes'>Adam J. =
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> > 
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> > style=3D'font-size:
> > 12.0pt'><o:p> </o:p></span></font></p>
> > 
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> > color=3Dblack
> > face=3DGeneva><span =
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> > </span></font><span class=3DGramE><i><font color=3Dblack face=3DArial
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span =
> >
>
style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black;font-style:italic'>this</span></fo=
> > nt></i></span><i><font
> > color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black;font-style:
> > italic'> is not a chain letter.....</span></font></i><font size=3D2 =
> > color=3Dblack
> > face=3DArial FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
> > color:black'><br>
> > <br>
> > <br>
> > Homosexual Marriage and Union Ban<br>
> > <br>
> > There is a<b><span style=3D'font-weight:bold'> Constitutional =
> > Amendment</span></b>
> > being proposed that will ultimately<br>
> > <span class=3DGramE>ban</span> homosexual marriages/civil unions and =
> > possibly
> > domestic partner<br>
> > <span class=3DGramE>benefits</span> in the future.<br>
> > <br>
> > It is being pushed through Congress quickly <span class=3DGramE>so as =
> > to</span>
> > make as little<br>
> > <span class=3DGramE>noise</span> as possible. If you think that this =
> > issue does
> > not belong in the<br>
> > constitution, then please go to this site and sign the petition in<br>
> > order to make your opinion known:<br>
> > <br>
> > <br>
> > </span></font><font size=3D2 color=3Dblue face=3DArial =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:blue'><a
> >
>
href=3D"http://www.petitiononline.com/0712t001/petition.html">http://www.=
> > petitiononline.com/0712t001/petition.html</a></span></font><font
> > size=3D2 color=3Dmaroon face=3DArial FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
> > font-family:Arial;color:maroon'><br>
> > <br>
> > http://www.petitiononline.com/0712t001/petition.html<br>
> > <br>
> > <br>
> > <br>
> > This petition is being organized (it's not an "add your name to =
> > the<br>
> > bottom and forward" kind of thing). Go to the site itself in order =
> > to sign
> > the<br>
> > petition.<br>
> > <br>
> > And please pass this along to your friends and family (gay & =
> > straight<br>
> > allies) so that we can all, together, convey the message that the<br>
> > Constitution is about human rights, not just religious rights. If =
> > you<br>
> > have<br>
> > problems getting to the petition with the link above, go to
> > www.petitiononline.com, select the Top 10 Petitions and choose the =
> > Oppose<br>
> > the Federal Marriage Amendment.<br>
> > <br>
> > <br>
> > <br>
> > **************************************************************<br>
> > Ellen Lewin<br>
> > Professor, Women's Studies and Anthropology<br>
> > Department of Women's Studies<br>
> > </span></font><st1:place><st1:PlaceType><font size=3D2 color=3Dmaroon =
> > face=3DArial><span
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> >
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> >  =
> >
>
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> > face=3DArial><span
> >   style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:maroon'>Iowa =
> > City</span></font></st1:City><font
> >  size=3D2 color=3Dmaroon face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
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=
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> >
>
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> >
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> > size=3D2 color=3Dmaroon face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
> > color:maroon'><br>
> > 319-335-1610<br>
> > 319-335-3070<br>
> > fax-319-335-0314<br>
> > <br style=3D'mso-special-character:line-break'>
> > <![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]><br =
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> >
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Geneva;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
> > color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
> > 
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> > 
> > <p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D4 color=3Dblack face=3DArial =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-size:13.5pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>To:  Our =
> > Elected
> > Officials</span></font><font color=3Dblack face=3DArial =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black'> On Thursday, July 12, 2001 the
=
> > group,
> > Alliance for Marriage, announced their proposal for a CONSTITUTIONAL =
> > AMENDMENT
> > entitled "The Federal Marriage Amendment." The purpose of this
> > amendment, according to the AFM, is to strengthen American families and
> > reintegrate the role of a strong father figure. Realistically, though,
=
> > this is
> > a thinly veiled attempt to federally ban gay marriages in the =
> > </span></font><st1:country-region><st1:place><font
> >   color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
> >
>
style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black'>US</span></font></st1:place></st1=
> > :country-region><font
> > color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black'>. According
> > to the </span></font><st1:City><st1:place><font color=3Dblack =
> > face=3DArial><span
> >   =
> >
>
style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black'>Alliance</span></font></st1:place=
> > ></st1:City><font
> > color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-family:Arial;color:black'> for Family,
> > this Amendment would add the following two sentences to our =
> > Constitution:<br>
> > <br>
> > </span></font><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DGeneva =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> >
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Geneva;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
> > color:black'><br>
> > </span></font><font size=3D2 color=3Dred face=3DArial =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:red'>"Marriage in =
> > the </span></font><st1:country-region><st1:place><font
> >   size=3D2 color=3Dred face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
> >   color:red'>United =
> > States</span></font></st1:place></st1:country-region><font
> > size=3D2 color=3Dred face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
> > color:red'> shall consist only of the union of a man and a =
> > woman."<br>
> > <br>
> > "Neither this Constitution or the constitution of any state, nor =
> > state or
> > federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the =
> > legal
> > incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or =
> > groups."</span></font><font
> > size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;
> > font-family:Arial;color:black'><br>
> > <br>
> > </span></font><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DGeneva =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> >
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Geneva;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
> > color:black'><br>
> > </span></font><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><br =
> > style=3D'mso-special-character:
> > line-break'>
> > <![if !supportLineBreakNewLine]><br =
> > style=3D'mso-special-character:line-break'>
> > <![endif]></span></font><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DGeneva =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> >
style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Geneva;mso-bidi-font-family:Arial;
> > color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
> > 
> > </blockquote>
> > 
> > <p class=3DMsoNormal><font size=3D2 color=3Dblack face=3DArial =
> > FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'><br>
> > This would eliminate </span></font><st1:State><st1:place><font size=3D2
> >   color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
> >   color:black'>Vermont</span></font></st1:place></st1:State><font =
> > size=3D2
> > color=3Dblack face=3DArial><span =
> > style=3D'font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;
> > color:black'>'s Civil Union bill and the future that ANY states have to
> > institute a similar bill. This could also leave the door open to the =
> > abolition
> > of domestic partner benefits in the future. NOW is not the time to take
=
> > steps
> > BACK in reinforcing and embracing diversity in our country. Nor is it =
> > the time
> > to give in to groups who are trying to hide behind the wall of =
> > "Family
> > Values" when they are undermining the very root of it. They are not =
> > only
> > seeking to destroy loving couples and families, but they are asking you
=
> > to be
> > the enforcers in violating basic human rights of your gay tax payers
and
> > voters.<br>
> > So, please DO NOT give in to such a blatant attempt to discriminate =
> > against
> > EQUAL citizens of this country.<br>
> > Sincerely,</span></font><font face=3DArial FAMILY=3DSANSSERIF><span
> > style=3D'font-family:Arial'><o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
> > 
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