So I cracked open the Denver Post this morning and saw the following two items:
- an ad placed by Focus on the Family urging me to contact my senator (Ken Salazar) and tell him what a dreadful person he is for not supporting the anti-gay marriage amendment currently before our esteemed legislative body
- an article about said ad, mentioning that the same ad is also being targeted at senators in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and South Dakota.
And, coincidentally but happily, tomorrow is Blogging for LGBT Families Day. I'd been planning anyway to write something about being part of a straight family that wholeheartedly supports full rights for same-sex partnerships/families... and this opportunity just dropped into my lap.
So with my dander in full-up position, I sat down and wrote the following e-mail to Sen. Salazar:
Dear Senator Salazar,
After seeing the appalling advertisement taken out in today's Denver Post encouraging constituents to demand you support a ban on domestic partnerships/gay marriage, I felt compelled to contact you and let you know that even out here, in Colorado's mini-Bible Belt, there are many of us who support you in your courageous stance againt Focus on the Family and its un-Christian, anti-human rights agenda.
I am a heterosexual, ten-years-married mother of two who cannot understand how anyone's loving, committed relationship could be in any way a threat to my family or to families in general. My husband and I urge you to stand up for the rights of ALL Coloradans and continue to focus on the priorities important to true family values: living wages, affordable health care and quality education.
Thank you for your time, and keep "fighting the good fight!"
So if the definition of "family" as "a group of people who live together, love and support each other" is more meaningful to you than one of "married mom and dad and at least two kids," I urge you to get on the horn/Outlook/whatever to your elected representative and let them know that those child-beating bigots at Focus on the Family don't speak for you. And if you have a blog and feel at all drawn to do so... post something about LGBT families tomorrow and let Mombian know about it.