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Celebrate marriage equality in Massachusetts April 28, 2005 11:18 AM

Just received from ~~snip~~ Dear %#&!*%, In a few short days, gay and lesbian couples married in Massachusetts will begin celebrating their one-year anniversaries. During the month of May, we ask you to join us in celebrating these historic anniversaries, to share your stories from this past year, and to take meaningful action to defend equal marriage rights. Here's how you can take part: 1. Sign the Equality Petition. Add your name to our petition urging legislators to reject any effort to amend the Commonwealth's 225-year-old Constitution to discriminate against gays and lesbians by taking away their constitutionally-protected right to marry. With your help, this petition will be the largest show of support for equal marriage rights in Massachusetts yet assembled. Please add your name, then ask your friends and family members to do the same. Visit to read the petition, sign on, and tell your friends. 2. Share your Story. Whether you got married or not, whether you are single or partnered, gay or straight, last year was a dramatic, history-making year. Let's share with one another, and with the world, what marriage equality has meant to us. There is nothing more moving, or more convincing, than the personal stories of our experience with marriage equality. So please, visit to write a short piece on what marriage equality means to you and to include up to three photographs. We will post many of the submissions on our website and compile some of them into a book to give to legislators. 3. Celebrate. Starting on May 17th, thousands of couples will celebrate their first anniversaries. As these couples mark the occasion, each in their own personal way, we ask you to join them in celebrations around the state. At parties large and small, we will rejoice with newly-married couples and other supporters of equality. For a full list of anniversary parties and to register for the May 17th celebration at Boston's Copley Fairmon, please visit 4. Volunteer. There is much work to do as we prepare for the next legislative vote on rolling back equal marriage rights. Find out how you can get involved in our office, at the Democratic State Convention in Lowell, and at festivals and Town Meetings throughout the state. To see a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit 5. Contribute. At MassEquality, our goal is simple - to celebrate not just the first anniversary of marriage equality in Massachusetts, but the seconde, third and fourth. To do that, we must win this year. We have an ambitious program that we believe will enable us to win when legislators next consider equal marriage rights, but it will be costly to pull off. Please visit to make a secure online contribution today. It is incredibly exciting to be passing the one-year anniversary of equal marriage rights in Massachusetts. I look forward to reading your stories and seeing you at one of our anniversary celebrations or volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your continued commitment to equal marriage rights. Sincerely, Marty Rouse Campaign Director ~~snip~~ If you can, please act (in any of the above ways), and pass it on. Thanks!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 April 29, 2005 7:34 AM

Congrats to all of those who are celebrating their one-year!!! Yay!! My Theatre Director's was the day before they anulled the marriages in Oregon.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Heres hoping closed minds open April 30, 2005 12:55 PM

I have unbelievably found the woman of my dreams, and know in my heart in time I will ask her to marry me. Unfortunatly I live in a state that has based its laws on morals instead of rights. I cant imagine when when the Declaration Of Independence was authored by our ForeFathers they could conceive we would eventually allow a small minded group of people to make laws for the majority. At this point I wonder how we even progressed to give woman the right to vote as well as people of color.We want praise from other nations for how kind, exciting and welcoming this country is till you look at the small print. If you dont fit the model society has created, you are an outcast, and considered a sick or less of a person. Amazingly enough we allow them to continously rally against us, and become quiet when we need to be as loud as they are. They preach to us that their God is a kind loving forgiving God, yet spew hatred at every givn chance. Yet we sit back and allow them to make laws that shore up what they believe. Many gays and lesbians have none from early childhood they were "different", and lived their lives in secret for fear of being unaccepted or worse shunned by family and freinds. We fear their concepts of us, then the belief that we have the freedom to be and do as we are guaranteed to us by birthright as a American citizen. We forget or neglect to see what is exactly stated in our Declaration of Independe, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.." Were did we allow "society to end this right we have? We have slept as "society" came in cloaked as voice of the many, when it's truly the voice of the few. We have sat quietly by not saying a word as they take our happiness in pursuit of their idealyc world. They blind themselves when the reality of no God nor morals are even hinted at throughout this Decalaration. We have watched as many have set victories in various states, and watched sadly as they were stripped away. We must learn and strengthen ourselves to fight for what is deservedly ours. We must convince the others that this is not a moral country but free from opression and supposed predjudace. that we want our freedom to persue our life and all those liberties that must go along with it. We mustnt sit idly by any longer while the few decide our fate, we must gather and fight for these basic and unalienable rights we are promised and insured to have. Sincerely Shannon Funkhouser  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 May 17, 2005 6:18 AM

Some direct links to the action items mentioned in my post above: (petition) (list of celebrations) (share stories and pictures) (volunteer) (donate)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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