UPDATE: I made a call this morning to Fontana's office in Harrisburg. They are getting a ton of calls, going both directions. Similar reports from Costa's Harrisburg office. Keep it up. Sneak out for a cigarette break, even if you don't smoke, to make the call. I also heard that the rally is noisy. All good news. Keep it up. You are doing great
Rejoice, fair homo and homo allies, for there is something very important you can do right from the comfort of your own cell phone.
Call your Senator. Tell the nice staff person who answer the phone that you are opposed to attempts to amend the constitution of Pennsylvania to prevent gay marriage aka SB 1250. That's all you really need to say, along with your name and address (so they know you are really a constituent).
If you want to say more, do so. Ask how the Senator stands on this issue (if you don't know). Thank the Senator for a pro-homo stance. Tell them why you are opposed to the amendment. Talk about your family. Mention the issues that are important to you — health care? employment? economic development? taxes? whatever!
For my impassioned take on things, visit my Blog for Equality post.
The important thing is that you are reaching for your cell phone right now, scribbling down the number and heading for whatever quiet nook is necessary for you to make the call.
Why now? Why Monday? Because the bill is going to be voted out of Appropriations and possibly to the full Senate for a vote. This week. So waiting until it is more convenient for your individual life is not an option.
This isn't a situation where you — especially if you are a gay person or love a gay person — have the luxury of letting someone else do the heavy lifting. A contingent of Pittsburghers gave up a day to staff the rally for us. The telephone calls, well that's our part of the homosexual agenda. Step lively, people. Or, rather, dial lively!
You know that this amendment is smoke screen designed to keep us from organizing around important civil rights legislation sitting in committee. You know that this is about using gay marriage as an issue for the election — rile 'em up to vote for McCain.
And you know that is all complete bullshit. The worst thing that could happen to our heterosexual married friends, family members and neighbors if Ledcat and I were to marry? The wedding registry. We have expensive tastes.
Why are you still reading this? Oh, you need telephone numbers. Here's the entire fleet of Southwestern PA Senators. If you don't know who represents you, click here to find out.
Jay Costa Hburg (717) 787-7683 Pittsburgh (412) 241-6690
Sean Logan Hburg (717) 787-5580 Pittsburgh (412) 664-5200
Wayne Fontana Hburg (717) 787-5300 Pittsburgh (412) 344-2551
John Pippy Hburg (717) 787-5839 Pittsburgh (412) 262-2260
Jim Ferlo Hburg (717) 787-6123 Pittsburgh (412) 621-3006
Jane Orie Hburg (717) 787-6538 Pittsburgh (412) 630-9466 j
J. Barry Stout Hburg (717) 787-1463 Pittsburgh (724) 225-5400 b
Gerald Lavelle Hburg (717) 787-3076 Pittsburgh (724) 654-1444
Mary Jo White Hburg (717) 787-9684 Pittsburgh (814) 432-4345
Donald C.White Hburg (717) 787-8724 Pittsburgh (724) 357-0151
Robert D. Robbins Hburg (717) 787-1322 Pittsburgh (724) 588-1323
Bob Regola Hburg (717) 787-6063 Pittsburgh (724) 600-7002
Richard Kasunic Hburg (717) 787-7175 Pittsburgh (724) 626-1611
Now stop reading and start calling. It is practically painless.
Seriously, are you dialing?