What Can You Do?

By Caldwell, John | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), March 30, 2004 | Go to article overview

What Can You Do?


Caldwell, John, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Fired up about President Bush's endorsement of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage? Want to know how to help stop the president and his far-right cronies? Go ahead and write your congresspeople--but then take it a step further, say two Washington, D.C., activists.

"No one put Rosa Parks on the bus," says longtime gay rights activist David Mixner. "She just refused to get up on her own. We must do the same thing all over the country. To sit quietly while the president presents an amendment that technically is apartheid for gays and lesbians is just no longer an option."

Mixner encourages all gay and lesbian people to volunteer their time and give money to gay rights organizations; connect with local activists and start a campaign to pressure lawmakers to vote against the amendment; and don't just vote, get others to the polls.

It's even more important, he says, to make the issue personal for everyone you know. Start an e-mail tree that explains how this affects your life and urge your friends and relatives to pass it on to their friends and relatives, "Collect pictures of [same-sex] couples who have families in your communities and create community bulletin boards with a wall of photos," Mixner says. …

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