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Kerry Signed Letter Endorsing Homosexual Marriage
MassEquality ^ | 2/12/04

Posted on 02/11/2004 5:00:49 PM PST by MountainPatriot

Congressional Delegation united in opposition to proposed constitutional amendment discriminating on basis of sexual orientation

U.S. Congressmen Edward Markey and Barney Frank, on behalf of themselves, Senators Kennedy and Kerry, and Reps. Neal, McGovern, Olver, Meehan, Tierney, Delahunt, Capuano and Lynch, released a letter to every member of the Massachusetts State Legislature expressing opposition to the proposed State Constitutional amendment restricting legal recognition of same-sex relationships. The text of the letter, which was signed by all twelve members of the Congressional delegation and was delivered to the State House the morning of July 15, 2002, appears below:

July 12, 2002

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature State House Boston, Massachusetts 02133

Dear Legislative Colleague,

We rarely comment on issues that are wholly within the jurisdiction of the General Court, but there are occasions when matters pending before you are of such significance to all residents of the Commonwealth that we think it appropriate for us to express our opinion.

One such matter is the proposed Constitutional amendment that would prohibit or seriously inhibit any legal recognition whatsoever of same-sex relationships. We believe it would be a grave error for Massachusetts to enshrine in our Constitution a provision, which would have such a negative effect on so many of our fellow residents. We in Massachusetts are justly proud of our Constitution, one of the first documents on this continent to set forward a system of self-government, which has not only served us well, but has been a model for others. The proposal to add to that document -- essentially a charter of liberty and democracy -- a provision as harsh both in its intent and its effect on our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered constituents is in conflict with the generous spirit that motivated its adoption, and that should continue to govern us today.

In addition, as legislators, we believe it would be a terrible mistake to write into our Constitution so sweeping a proposal with the likelihood that it will prevent not only the state government, but also the cities, towns and counties from acting as they might wish to provide some form of recognition for same-sex relationships. We are therefore united in urging you to reject this Constitutional amendment and avoid stigmatizing so many of our fellow citizens who do not deserve to be treated in such a manner.

Senator Kennedy Senator Kerry Representative Markey Representative Frank Represenative Neal Representative McGovern Representative Olver Representative Meehan Representative Tierney Representative Delahunt Representative Capuano Representative Lynch

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KEYWORDS: 2004; civilunions; endorsement; gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; johnkerry; kerry; letters; marriage; massachusetts; president; prisoners; samesexmarriage
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To: MountainPatriot
A national "kiss of death" politically, for Hanoi John to do this.
21 posted on 02/11/2004 5:41:37 PM PST by NetValue (They're not Americans, they're democrats.)
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To: MountainPatriot
The Deadly Dozen

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22 posted on 02/11/2004 5:51:34 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: cyborg
Maybe he has his eyes on a guy that has more money than his current wife.
23 posted on 02/11/2004 5:54:18 PM PST by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: MountainPatriot
Kerry Signed Letter Backing Gay Marriage

By JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writer

And when Kerry opposed federal legislation in 1996 that defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, he compared the law to 1960s efforts in the South to criminalize interracial marriages and accused his supporters of engaging in the "politics of division."

"This is an unconstitutional, unprecedented, unnecessary and mean-spirited bill," Kerry declared then even as 85 senators and President Clinton (news - web sites) supported the measure..."

(Excerpt from longer article linked above)

It won't be JUST the South that is offended by his comparison. I also love his calling Billious "mean spirited"!
24 posted on 02/11/2004 6:00:43 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (ANYBODY except long as it is BUSH 2004)
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To: MountainPatriot
This is so gay
25 posted on 02/11/2004 6:05:33 PM PST by Afro_conservative
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To: MountainPatriot
I still believe that Bush has troubles. 2000 wasn't exactly Reagan Mondale in '84, and the country is still divided. Hwever it appears that Kerry's succession of primary victories has come before any effort could be made to vet his background. At best he is coming off as a totally inconsistent weather vane of a politician. At worst he's Jane Fonda. I'd expect the GOP to stockpile so much ammunition that it will remind Kerry of the B-52 runs in VietNam.
26 posted on 02/11/2004 6:20:51 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: plain talk
If it walk likes a duck...
27 posted on 02/11/2004 6:25:08 PM PST by MountainPatriot (Let slip the dogs of war.)
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To: MountainPatriot
Someone should show this to Savage. Tonight he was saying that Bush is waffling on gay marrage while Kerry is flat out against it.
29 posted on 02/11/2004 6:31:54 PM PST by Keeper of the Turf (Fore!!!)
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To: MountainPatriot
paper trails are sooo cool.
30 posted on 02/11/2004 6:33:07 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Donna Lee Nardo
Nooo. If GWB starts the offensive now they'll just replace Kerry. Besides the stupid libs are doing a fine job of tearing themselves apart right now.
31 posted on 02/11/2004 6:35:30 PM PST by Tempest (Hate Me.)
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To: Tempest
NO, the Dems are one else has any more's gonna be Kerry unless he is on film committing a felony...something not entirely out of the realm of possibility...
32 posted on 02/11/2004 7:25:19 PM PST by Keith
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To: Salvation; little jeremiah; scripter
Bump & Ping
33 posted on 02/11/2004 7:30:31 PM PST by EdReform (Free Republic - Now more than ever! Thank you for your support!)
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To: MountainPatriot; autoresponder; MeekOneGOP; Barnacle; JohnHuang2

34 posted on 02/11/2004 7:38:00 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S. borders - Controlled by CORRUPT Politicians and Slave-Labor Employers)