Watch Craig’s powerful video – then, join him in telling the NH legislature to keep this disastrous bill from ever becoming law. Time is running out before the vote starts.
Our team has been working around the clock in New Hampshire to stop this bill from passing – with phone calls, door-to-door canvassing, and meetings with legislators – but it’s just not enough. We need to show New Hampshire that the rest of the country is watching.
You don’t need to live in New Hampshire to know what’s happening there is wrong. You don’t need to be a Democrat or a liberal either. We all have a stake in equality, so we’re calling on the whole country to rally against the hate unfolding before our eyes.
And you need to be heard, now – before the legislature casts its first votes.
Despite national polls showing majority support for marriage equality – including more and more pro-equality Republicans like Craig – not a single Republican presidential candidate spoke out against the New Hampshire bill while campaigning in the state’s primary.
It’s cowardice, plain and simple, and it’s not going to stop until we make legislating bigotry a losing proposition.
With your help, we’ll send a message to right-wing politicians everywhere, and make sure this terrible bill never gets enough votes to become law.
For all our families,
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TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE
Despite significant opposition from groups across the political spectrum (far left to far right) and a concerted effort by those of us in the faith community, Senate and House negotiators have drafted a final version of the National Defense Authorization Act that includes specific authorization for the use of long-term indefinite detention without trial. The same bill also includes provisions that will make it more difficult to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Both supporters and opponents of these provisions have argued that the bill would allow for the indefinite detention without trial of American citizens captured in the United States who are suspected of an affiliation with terrorism.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is on the verge of passing Congress with these provisions intact. The only way to stop these provisions from becoming law is for President Obama to veto the bill. He has previously threatened to veto it – now it is time for him to follow through.
Please contact the President and tell him that you support his vetoing the NDAA.
If you use Twitter, please Tweet: @whitehouse No indefinite detention; no Guantanamo: #VetoNDAA http://bit.ly/tvLNUi @NRCATtweets
If you can, please call President Obama at 202-456-1111. You can say something like:
“Hello. I’m _______ from _______. I am a supporter of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and I am calling to ask President Obama to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. I don’t think that we should pass legislation allowing indefinite detention or making it harder to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.”
Thank you for contacting President Obama. A presidential veto is the last opportunity to stop this dangerous legislation.
Linda Gustitus, President
Rev. Richard L. Killmer, Executive Director
By FederalDaily Staff
Nov 29, 2011
Two Senate leaders this month reintroduced a bill to provide health and other benefits for domestic partners of federal employees.
Under the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act, sponsored by Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine), same-sex domestic partners of federal employees living together in a committed relationship would be eligible for health benefits, long-term care, family and medical leave, and federal retirement benefits.
The bill specifies that employees and their domestic partners would be subject to the same obligations that apply to married feds and spouses, such as anti-nepotism rules and financial disclosure requirements.
The two lawmakers have introduced the bill in the last two Congresses; the measure won the approval of the Governmental Affairs Committee in 2009.
“We repealed the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy in the military because we want the best men and women America has to offer to defend our country,” Lieberman said in a statement. “The same is true for federal employees: We want to attract the best men and women possible to serve in federal government.”
Collins called the changes outlined in the bill “fair policy and good business practice.”
“Today, health, medical, and other benefits are a major component of any competitive employment package,” she said. “Among Fortune 500 companies, for example, domestic partner benefits are commonplace.”
According to a 2009 UCLA Williams Institute study cited by the sponsors, more than 30,000 feds live in committed relationships with same-sex domestic partners who are not federal employees.
Please contact your Senator and demand that this bill passes.
Click on the link below to find out how to contact your Senator.
A brave soul transitioned yesterday, 11 October 2011. In true Frank fashion, he left us on National Coming Out Day here in the U.S.
Rev. Troy Perry, Founder, remembers Dr. Kameny:
In 1969, I met Dr. Kameny, who was a hero in what we then called the “homophile” movement. I was impressed with his clear conviction that civil rights should be afforded to everyone. Through all the changes in history in the years since the 1950s, when he was outed and then became an activist, he continued the fight, and he was always a supporter of the ministry of MCC.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator, recalls:
Dr. Frank Kameny was a fearless pioneer for gay rights, in the days before Stonewall. I met Dr. Kameny when he and the late Barbara Gittings came to speak at Allegheny College, when I was 19 years old, over 40 years ago. Their courage astounded me, even as I struggled to understand how their story was my story.
I was still closeted then, even to myself, but their honest, open telling of their stories was the first clue I had that there were others like me. There are not adequate words to express the impact on my life of their visit to our small, liberal arts, religiously-connected school. I know that Dr. Kameny was the first publically open gay man that many of us ever met.
Dr. Kameny faced unbelievable discrimination, scorn, and opposition, but he became single-minded in his devotion to civil rights. He and others picketed the White House in 1965 and pushed to have the American Psychiatric Association stop labeling gay people as mentally ill. Along with Rev. Troy Perry, and a handful of others, his courage and determination changed the world for all of us.
Later I met Dr. Kameny again, as I became involved in the leadership of MCC. Though not a religious person, he was always very respectful of the role of MCC. ‘May his memory be for a blessing.’
All of the people in MCC around the world today owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Kameny, and together we mourn his passing.