DEAR "YES ON 36" SUPPORTER:
How are you? Fine, I hope.
You know, I couldn't help but notice your support of Measure 36--the constitutional amendment that would make marriages between same-sex couples illegal. First of all, I truly respect your right to your own opinion. Our ability to say what we want, when we want, is one of our most cherished rights as American citizens. However, in my opinion, Measure 36 works against what our forefathers and military have fought so diligently to preserve--every American's right to equality.
The very foundation of our country was built on this premise: our forefathers came to this country to escape religious persecution. And though it's been a slow, hard road, our country has continued to fight for the notion that EVERY American--regardless of religious belief, race, or gender--is to be treated equally in the eyes of the law.
I'm sure you'll agree that with every step forward we take to preserve equality for all, our nation becomes stronger. We have fought for and preserved our right to worship how we please, for women to have the right to vote (as well as receive equal pay for equal work), and for African Americans and other minorities to be afforded the same protections and benefits as everyone else. Unfortunately, Measure 36 doesn't add to this proud lineage of civil rights--it stifles them.
We may not always agree with how others live their lives, but we have taken a solemn vow as Americans to protect the rights of everyone to make their own choices. Saying "yes" to Measure 36 won't add anything to your life, but it will definitely have a negative effect on others. It will also damage our reputation as a country that values freedom and equal rights above all else. I hope you will take a moment to reconsider your position on this very important topic. Saying "No" to Measure 36 is a great way for you and I to work together for a better America.
A Friend and Neighbor Who Supports "No on Measure 36"