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[personal address here]
May 29, 2004
The Honorable Margaret M. Jeffus
16 W Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27601-1096
Dear Representative Jeffus,
I am a May graduate of UNC-Greensboro and an avid supporter of you,
always displaying a "Maggie Jeffus for NC House" sign in front of my apartment every two years. I know you have been a supporter of pro- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legislation and issues in the past.
I am writing to you to ask you to argue and vote against an amendment to the NC Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage, as well as almost any recognition of same-sex couples that is possible. Tens of thousands of loving same-sex couples live in this state, and many in your district who are very dear to me. I personally hope that I will find the man of my dreams and we can enter into a permanent relationship together someday. Such an amendment would be devistating to all lgbt people because it will prevent an entire segment of the population from ever having a loving relationship recognized in any way by the state.
North Carolina already has a Defense of Marriage Act which prevents us from having a relationship being defined as "marriage" by the state. Hopefully, as attitudes on social issues change around the world and in this state, this law can be repealed and same-sex couples can finally be treated equally to heterosexual marriages in this state. This amendment would make it nearly impossible for lgbt couples to ever be treated equally in this state.
Furthermore, the NC Constitution has always been a document to protect the people of this state and grant rights to its citizens, but never a document to purposely prevent a segment of the population from having certain rights. To write discrimination into the NC Constitution would be a travesty and disgrace and it would go against the fundamental principles this country was founded on, and which this state's constitution is based on -- that all people should be treated equally under the law.
Representative Jeffus, this is a drastic attempt to permanently deem lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in this state as second class citizens. I ask you to please do everything within your power to persuade fellow representatives to vote against this amendment, and to fight against it in committee so as to prevent it from coming toa floor vote, or to a public vote in November. Such a mean-spirited and discriminatory amendment does not belong in the NC Constitution and would be devistating to all lgbt people and our allies.
[sorry for all the cross-posting, just trying to get the word out]