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AFA: Senate marriage amendment vote is slated for March

The American Family Association has this up on its site and is grinding up the federal Marriage Protection Act machine, e-blasting its sheeple.

Senate To Vote On Homosexual Marriage Ban In Early March

Action Needed Today! Help Send U.S. Senate One Million Letters Supporting Marriage Protection Amendment

The U.S. Senate will vote on the Marriage Protection Amendment (MPA) in early March. This constitutional amendment will make marriage between one man and one woman the only legal marriage.

Your help is needed in sending one million emails to the Senate in support of the MPA.

Senators who vote against the MPA, or support a filibuster to avoid a vote on the MPA, are supporting homosexual marriage.

ACTION NEEDED TODAY!

Please enter your zip code above or below and click “GO” to send your two Senators an email, then forward this to your friends and family urging them to do the same. The “Tell A Friend” link found below is an easy way to pass this important message to your friends and family. Those favoring homosexual marriage are already contacting their Senators urging defeat of the MPA.

Time is short! Please send your letters of support today! Ask members of your Sunday School class and church to send an email in support of the MPA. Ask your pastor to put an announcement in the church bulletin and newsletter. They can send an email by clicking on AFA.net.

Simply enter your zip code above or below to send your emails to your two U.S. Senators. Remember, it is very important to forward this to friends and family if we are to reach our goal of one million. (Our system will not accept invalid email addresses.)

If you think our efforts are worthy, please help us promote traditional marriage with a small donation by clicking here.

Thanks for caring enough to get involved!

Sincerely,

Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association

The AFA knows that it will be acted upon in March, and we don’t? I looked at the HRC site. Nada. NGLTF site – zip. I did a few searches for news on this; I pulled nothing up about a March vote. I posted on Melissa McEwan’s January 29 Raw Story article, reporting that Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO), a co-sponsor of the joint resolution, indicated Senate Majority leader Bill Frist (R- TN) would bring it to a vote in 2006 — but not with a date attached to that bit of information.

So Wildmon is either blowing smoke or he’s on the Frist bat phone. You guess which is more likely.

Ms. Julien emails me last night:

“How can they already know about this? There is nothing on the lib blogs yet. This is really bad. I can tell you that they have been a 1-3 weeks to a month ahead of the liberal blogs and not for profits.

They are much more “in” with the Senators than HRC or NGLTF will ever be. This is what sucks. They will have halfway to the 1 million signatures they request from the “sheep” on their mailing list before HRC gets its copyediting done…”

Ms. Julien is on the wingnut mailing lists, so she gets Wildmon’s screech-fests and marching orders all the time.

By the way, the status of S.J.RES.1, on Thomas.gov is shown as “Latest Major Action: 11/9/2005 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights. Approved for full committee consideration without amendment favorably.”

Quite frankly, with an issue this polarizing, I’m assuming that the list of fence sitting Senators has to be tiny. For instance, Dole and Burr, my senators, are lost causes — they are co-sponsors.

As before, you can use the AFA’s web form, change the stock message and send your Senators and email or a letter…OK, commenters convinced me, if the AFA is strictly counting messages and not content, then it makes sense not to use its form.

Do write your senators if they are ones you believe are fence sitters. Their offices do place more weight on snail mail, particularly handwritten letters, than e-blasts. Obviously phone calls, as a vote actually approaches, will be the most effective.

Here’s the link to the a complete contact list for senators.

HRC has a web form up (thanks, Fritz).

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