Action Alert: Urge D.C. Council to reaffirm marriage recognition on May 5
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Action Alert: Urge D.C. Council to reaffirm marriage recognition on May 5

From:Rick Rosendall
Sent:Tuesday, April 30, 2009
To:GLAA Members
Subject:Action Alert: Urge D.C. Council to reaffirm marriage recognition on May 5


Please join GLAA in thanking the twelve D.C. Council members who voted on April 7 to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions as marriages in the District of Columbia. This was done as an amendment to Bill 18-10, the "Disclosure to the United States District Court Amendment Act of 2009." The second and final vote on the bill will occur on Tuesday, May 5. Given the opposition that has arisen, led by clergy from outside the District but embraced by Ward 8 Council member Marion Barry, it is important for us to let the other twelve know that we are counting on them.

Below is a sample message to Council members drafted by a coalition of local GLBT advocacy groups. Please send this or a message of your own drafting to your Council members urging them to vote "yes" again on May 5. Below the sample message is contact information for all Council members. Please remember that in addition to your Ward member you are represented by Council Chair Vincent Gray plus At-Large members David Catania, Phil Mendelson, Kwame Brown and Michael Brown.

Also, if you can take the morning off on May 5, please join us in the Council Chamber. The Council session starts at 10:00 a.m., but we are showing up as early as 8:00 a.m. and we encourage you to wear white to show your support for marriage equality. A good turnout is important to counter those who have been urged by Mr. Barry and the anti-gay ministers to pack the chamber in opposition to the bill. The Wilson Building is at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. You can enter at the rear of the building. The Council Chamber is on the fifth floor.


Rick Rosendall
Vice President for Political Affairs
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance

Sample Message

Dear Councilmember__________________,

Thank you for your vote on April 7th in favor of the provision in Bill 18-10 recognizing Gay and Lesbian marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions as marriages in the District of Columbia.

Your principled stand means a lot to me and many other constituents, both gay and straight, who agree that all people in our democracy are entitled to their birthright of equal justice under the law.

Thank you in advance for reaffirming your vote at the billís second reading on May 5, 2009, and for standing up to the voices of division that have recently arisen, many of them from outside the District. I look forward to the billís passage and the Mayorís promised signature.

This simple legislative act to uphold fairness will be a huge step forward for the protection of every family in the District of Columbia. Your leadership in doing the right thing will be recognized as a shining moment by all the decent and loving people who are proud to call Washington, DC their home.


[Your Name]

D.C. Councilmember Contact Information

(See also

Chair Vincent C. Gray (AT-LARGE)

Councilmember David A. Catania (AT-LARGE)

Councilmember Phil Mendelson (AT-LARGE)

Councilmember Kwame R. Brown (AT-LARGE)

Councilmember Michael Brown (AT-LARGE)

Councilmember Jim Graham (WARD 1)

Councilmember Jack Evans (WARD 2)

Councilmember Mary M. Cheh (WARD 3)

Councilmember Muriel Bowser (WARD 4)

Councilmember Harry Thomas, Jr. (WARD 5)

Councilmember Tommy Wells (WARD 6)

Councilmember Yvette Alexander (WARD 7)

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