Action in the Michigan House Tomorrow!

March 08, 2004

YOUR ACTION NEEDED TODAY!!!

FLOOR VOTE EXPECTED ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
HEARING ON DEATH PENALTY IN HOUSE COMMITTEE

After much on-again/off-again conversation about a Michigan House of Representatives vote on the proposed constitutional amendment to deny legal recognition for same-sex couples and their families, it is very likely to happen tomorrow.

If the resolution passes by a 2/3 majority in both the House and Senate, the issue of amending the constitution will be put on the November 2004 ballot.

The language of the proposed amendment not only prohibits same-sex marriage, but also civil unions and domestic partner benefits.

Call your state representative TODAY to oppose writing discrimination against gays and lesbians into our state constitution.

Urge a NO vote:

  • This resolution singles out LGBT people for discrimination.
  •  Michigan already has laws that prohibit same-sex marriage.
  • Legal civil marriage provides more than 1,000 federal and state benefits and protections. Same-sex couples in committed relationships or their families should not be denied these benefits and protections.
  • The amendment would take away the authority of local governments and educational institutions to recognize domestic partners.

ALSO TOMORROW: HEARING ON THE DEATH PENALTY

At a time when other states are placing a moratorium on capital punishment, Michigan is considering a move to restore it. A hearing is scheduled tomorrow on HJR W, a constitutional amendment to allow the death penalty in Michigan. The hearing is at 9:00 a.m. before the House Committee on Regulatory Reform, 519 House Office Bldg., Lansing. HJR W, introduced by Representative Larry Julian (R)-Lennon, requires passage by 2/3 members of both the House and Senate in order to be placed on the ballot for a vote by Michigan citizens.

View HJR W at: http://mileg.org/documents/2003-2004/jointresolutionintroduced/house/pdf...

  •  Michigan has “life without parole” eliminating the fear that someone convicted of murder could be released.
  •  Michigan was the first state in the union to ban the death penalty when it eliminated capital punishment in 1846 after an innocent man had been hanged. The ban became part of Michigan’s Constitution in 1963.
  • As of December 2003, 113 inmates have been found innocent and released from death row. More than half of these have been released in the last 10 years. That means one person has been exonerated for every eight people executed.

Contact the following Regulatory Reform committee members and urge them to vote NO on HJR W: Sal Rocca -R, Sterling Heights 517-373-7768 srocca@house.mi.gov

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