CA-26: Will David Dreier Come Out Against Prop 8?
by Todd Beeton, Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 10:28:29 PM EDT
(also at BushRubberStamp.com)
We all know Rep. David Dreier is a Bush rubber stamp who has voted with Bush 93.6% of the time. But what about that other 6.4%? We don't talk about it much because, well, there isn't that much to talk about.
But credit where credit is due, there is one important issue where Dreier has differed from Bush: The Federal Marriage Amendment.
The FMA, if passed (and ratified), would have limited marriage nationwide to between a man and a woman and it would have prevented courts from granting same sex couples certain rights that married couples enjoy. When it came up for a vote in 2004 and 2006, Dreier voted against it both times and the reasoning he gave for opposing it was simple.
According to Wikipedia:
He explained his opposition to the amendment by stating that he felt the Constitution was not the appropriate tool for restricting rights.
Well, now we have a similar initiative on the ballot in California in the form of Proposition 8, except this time, if Prop 8 passes, it wouldn't just amend the California constitution to restrict rights, it would amend the California constitution to eliminate the rights that people are exercising every day.
Yet David Dreier has been silent...and his silence is deafening.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has stated publicly that he opposes Prop 8. John McCain has said he supports it. David Dreier's constituents deserve to know where he stands.
Dear Rep. David Dreier,
We, the undersigned, urge you to come out against Proposition 8, which would "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry" the person they love in California.
You have voted the right way in the past, so we think it's time for you come out against Prop 8 today. Please join us in taking the following pledge:I pledge to vote No on Prop 8, a statewide ballot initiative that, if passed, "eliminates the right of same sex couples to marry."
Gay and lesbian couples deserve the same fundamental freedoms that all Californians enjoy. I pledge to vote No on any constitutional change that stands in the way of equality for all.
Following the lead of Governor Schwarzenegger and other Republicans, we urge you to vote No on Prop 8. Thank you for your consideration of this fundamentally important issue to Californians.
People who publicly oppose gay marriage, whether Republican or Democrat, like to say "it should be left up to the states." Well, this year it is up to the state, our state. This year, all Californians get to decide if we are going to lead the nation on marriage equality or if we're going to eliminate that right for same sex couples, so many of whom have been happily exercising that right since June.
It's time for Congressman Dreier to lead and come out against Proposition 8.
Sign our petition urging him to do so today.
(disclosure: I am proud to work for the Courage Campaign)