Massachusetts Marriage Petition Drive Needs You
If you are a citizen of Massachusetts, this article is very important for you. If you are not, please pass this on to your Massachusetts friends. To get involved in the petition drive for the constitutional amendment to protect marriage, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and an electronic copy of the petition will be sent to you. Please help.
In November of 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court by one vote made same-sex marriage legal in the state, sweeping away millennia of tradition, law and culture as well as the citizens’ opportunity to weigh in on this critical matter.
It was not only an arrogant move, but a radical one. Now a coalition of groups supported by Family Leader Network are in the midst of a petition drive to work toward a constitutional amendment in Massachusetts defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
The proposed amendment reads:
When recognizing marriages entered into after the adoption of this amendment by the people, the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall define marriage only as the union or one man and one woman.
The first step is to get 120,000 signatures on petitions and returned to the Vote On Marriage office by November 15th. Only 66,000 certified signatures are needed, but they are easily disqualified and thus the higher number is needed.
Frankly, with only days to go in this campaign, the signatures are running short – which means your help is needed. Simply drop a note to email@example.com and you will receive instructions on how to download a petition or you may opt to receive a paper petition in the mail.
Your help is needed urgently.
The rules for gathering signatures are quite specific in Massachusetts – and you will receive the instruction you need from the Vote on Marriage coalition team. All the certified voters on one page must be from the same town. A single signature from a person from another town invalidates the entire petition.
Here’s what to do:
- Go to www.familyleader.net and sign up to receive the free email subscription. This will come once a week to keep you informed about national issues, but a local version just for Massachusetts citizens will also come to your inbox to keep you updated on Massachusetts issues and this petition drive. The Family Leader Network is an independent organization whose purpose is to rally citizens to support family, marriage and the moral foundation of our society. It is not affiliated with any church or other civic organization. Feel free to invite anyone who cares about these issues to participate. The mission statement and principles as well as several articles describing the organization are at www.familyleader.net.
The Massachusetts Family Leader Network email will not only keep you up to date on the constitutional amendment, but it will also keep you informed on many other issues that are currently important in Massachusetts, which will be voted on this November.
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a petition. You will receive instructions on what you need to do.
This petition drive could be in jeopardy without your help – so please take the time right now to request a petition and walk it around to your friends and neighbors.
It isn’t a hard sell. It is a matter of whether the people or the courts should make these kinds of decisions.
If we can get the 120,000 signatures we need in Massachusetts, then the constitutional amendment will presented at two constitutional conventions in 2006 and again in 2007 where 25% of the legislators have to approve it. The constitutional amendment would finally be voted on by the public in 2008.
For more information go to www.voteonmarriage.org
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