Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Help Preserve Marriage in New York State

Help Preserve Marriage in New York State!
On May 12 the State Assembly voted 89 to 52 to legalize marriage between persons of the same sex. The vote on this legislation (A.7732/S.4401) is available here.
The bill now proceeds to the Senate where indications are the vote will be very close. With the legislative session scheduled to recess on June 22, now is the time to communicate your belief in the sanctity of traditional marriage to your State Senator. If you have already used our web-based alert system to communicate with your elected officials, please do so again here. Then take these additional action steps.
  1. Call your State Senator to register your opposition to the bill and to redefining marriage in state law. You can identify your State Senator here. Then call the Senate switchboard in Albany at 518-455-2800 and ask to be connected to your state Senator's office. Identify yourself as a constituent and be clear in articulating your opposition to S.4401, the bill to legalize same sex "marriage."
  1. Urge three friends, co-workers and family members to use the Catholic Conference Action Center to communicate their opposition to S.4401. Urge them to send an e-mail here and to follow it up with a phone call.
  1. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to raise awareness of this issue and urge others to contact their State Senator. Use the talking points and materials here to make your case. You can use our Media Guide to simply and efficiently send your letters to the media.
  1. Come to Albany on June 9 for the "Stand Up 4 Marriage" rally on the State Capitol (East) steps beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thousands of New Yorkers from Hispanic evangelical churches rallied for traditional marriage on May 17 in New York City. Now it is time to show lawmakers in Albany the same demonstration of support for marriage. The June 9 rally will be hosted by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.
  1. Pray for your elected officials, especially for your State Senator as they consider their vote on this issue.
Thank you for taking action to preserve the time-honored definition of marriage.

(via Catholic Advocacy Network e-mail)

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