I don't often pull over in the middle of the work day to make a phone call, but today was an exception. When I received an email about a potential vote on the so-called “Marriage Protection” amendment, I dialed fellow blogger Maria Lupinacci of 2 Political Junkies and asked her to help me organize a blog swarm on the topic. Within minutes, she agreed and a few hours later, had a logo in my inbox. See earlier post for that!
We have a chance to “make some history” folks, according to the ACLU. Twice this amendment has come up in the Senate and both times it was defeated by procedural maneuvers. It has never been simply voted down.
This year, we have a chance to get that vote down once and for all so the Senate can focus on the business of governing this Commonwealth instead of monitoring my family like we are terrorists. Remember that 100+ day delay with last year's budget? Should we really waste a precious moment of the months leading up to budget negotiations on an issue that has already been legislatively addressed by the Pennsylvania DOMA?
Here's what you can do.
This is a list of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee. Maybe you recognize a name or two?
Who to call. Call the Harrisburg office (use your cell phone). Email messages are not going to work on this one.
Mary Jo White (717) 787-9684 Butler (part), Clarion, Erie (part), Forest, Venango and Warren (part) Counties
** Special note that Senator White has spoken against this amendment in the past. Please thank her for that and ask her to vote no. This is a vote that can make an impact **
Jane Earll (717) 787-8927 Erie (part) County
Jane Orie (717) 787-6538 Allegheny (part) and Butler (part) Counties
Our friends who always appreciate a thank you
Jay Costa (717) 787-7683 Allegheny County
Wayne Fontana (717) 787-5300 Allegheny County
This is quite important. Many of the folks in this committee use Facebook, Twitter and so forth. I have a list here. Use social media to spread the word to your friends, family and contacts. Update your FB status.
We have an unprecedented 5 day (including the weekend) window to make contact with these Senators. I know you know gay folks and allies up in Jane Orie's district. Don't write her off. Let her know you are paying attention. Never underestimate yourself.