Bachmann Amendment Update
From Outfront Minnesota:
A Flurry of "Anti-Marriage" Amendments Introduced in the House; Senate Hearing Scheduled
New Developments in the Minnesota House of Representatives:
In recent days, proponents of measures to amend the state constitution to prohibit any form of legal recognition of same-sex couples and their families have introduced more than a half-dozen bills proposing different language to place on November's ballot, all of which have the same general, discriminatory purpose as the originals. Click here for links to the text of those bills. We await information on when the House Civil Law Committee will schedule hearing(s) on these bills. It is thought that the sudden flood of new amendment bills is a tactic being used in light of recent poll results showing diminishing support for the amendment, the People of Faith rally last week, and the possibility that the Senate might not approve any amendments at all.
Please contact your state representative and express your opposition to these proposals to write discrimination into the state constitution! Visit the Legislature's website to locate phone, mail, fax and email information for your representative.
Don't know who represents you in the Minnesota House? Visit our website to identify your House district and representative. You can also find tips on writing your legislators and talking points.
And don't forget to take part in this year's justFair Lobby Day at the State Capitol! Visit our website to register or learn more. With an unprecedented number of bills designed to strip same-sex couples and their families of any hope for legal recognition, we need an unprecedented turnout on Thursday, April 27! Don't forget - the legislative session is not expected to end until May 22, and we will need to be vigilant through then!
New Developments in the Minnesota Senate:
At the same time, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing on Senator Michele Bachmann's proposed amendment (SF 1691), which has been pending there since 2005. The Committee hearing will take place Tuesday, April 4, from 12:00-2:30pm in Room 15 of the State Capitol. OutFront Minnesota will once again coordinate testimony against the bill, while the Minnesota Family Council coordinates speakers in favor. Testimony on both sides will likely come from a relative handful of people with particular familiarity with legal and other aspects of the proposals.
While community members are encouraged to attend, please be aware that Capitol security forbids bringing signs attached to sticks. Given the likely high attendance at this hearing, most people may find themselves in designated overflow spaces in the Capitol. Parents, grandparents, and other relatives and friends of GLBT individuals are encouraged to bring with them photographs of their family members who are likely to be harmed by the amendment were it to pass.
Plan to attend the Senate committee hearing on April 4!
If you have not already done so, please contact your state senator to express your opposition to these proposals to use the constitution to impose second-class citizenship on same-sex couples and their families! Click here to locate phone, mail, fax and email information for your senator.
Don't know who represents you in the Minnesota Senate? Visit our website to identify your Senate district and senator. You can also find tips on writing your legislators and talking points.
Ask five friends to contact their senators and representatives on these issues.
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper expressing opposition to these amendment proposals. (Click here for tips.)
Plan to take part in this year's justFair Lobby Day at the State Capitol! Click here for more information and to register. With an unprecedented number of bills designed to strip same-sex couples and their families of any hope for legal recognition, we need an unprecendented turnout on Thursday, April 27! Don't forget - the legislative session is not expected to end until May 22, and we will need to be vigilant through then!
Special Note: GLBT Families Event at the Capitol
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents and their children have a lot at stake in this amendment battle. Rainbow Families is hosting an event on the State Capitol front steps at 11:30am on Monday, April 3rd to help generate awareness about the impact of the proposed anti-marriage amendment on REAL FAMILIES. Children, youth, parents, allies, and all community members are invited to hear speakers share their stories and raise their voices in song to thank the legislators who support fairness, and to educate those who do not. A free tour of the Capitol for children will follow the rally.
I'm glad that Rainbow Families is doing this event at the capitol.