Monday, May 01, 2006

Know Thy Legislature

Here is a list of how legislatures in Massachusetts have voted on various bills:

Testified in opposition to marriage amendment on 4/11:
- Representative Byron Rushing - Representative Frank I. Smizik - Representative Alice K. Wolf - Representative Michael E. Festa - Representative Rachel M. Kaprielian - Representative Kay Khan - Representative Deborah D. Blumer - Representative Anne M. Paulsen - Representative James B. Eldridge - Representative Elizabeth A. Malia - Representative Kathleen M. Teahan - Representative Jay R. Kaufman - Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. - Representative David P. Linsky
Decriminalize bestiality, sodomy, and other perversions:
David Paul Linsky 5th Middlesex District
Ruth B. Balser 12th Middlesex District
Douglas W. Peterson 8th Essex District
Michael E. Festa 32nd Middlesex District
Robert A. O’Leary Cape and Islands
Ellen Story 3rd Hampshire
Alice Hanlon Peisch
Would "officially" legalize homosexual marriage: By Mr. Havern, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 967) of Robert A. Havern, Pamela P. Resor, Harriette L. Chandler, Jarrett T. Barrios and other members of the General Court and another for legislation to protect Massachusetts families through equal access to civil marriage:
Byron Rushing 9th Suffolk William G. Conley MGLPC, State House, Boston Elizabeth A. Malia 11th Suffolk Gloria L. Fox 7th Suffolk Alice Hanlon Peisch 14th Norfolk Alice K. Wolf 25th Middlesex David Paul Linsky 5th Middlesex Deborah D. Blumer 6th Middlesex Douglas W. Petersen 8th Essex Ellen Story 3rd Hampshire Frank I. Smizik 15th Norfolk J. James Marzilli, Jr. 23rd Middlesex Jay R. Kaufman 15th Middlesex John W. Scibak 2nd Hampshire Kathi-Anne Reinstein 16th Suffolk Kay Khan 11th Middlesex Martin J. Walsh 13th Suffolk Michael A. Costello 1st Essex Michael E. Festa 32nd Middlesex Peter V. Kocot 1st Hampshire Ruth B. Balser 12th Middlesex Theodore C. Speliotis 13th Essex Denis E. Guyer 2nd Berkshire Martha M. Walz 8th Suffolk Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. 34th Middlesex Tom Sannicandro 7th Middlesex John D. Keenan 7th Essex Cory Atkins 14th Middlesex Kathleen M. Teahan 7th Plymouth Kevin G. Honan 17th Suffolk Rachel Kaprielian 29th Middlesex Barbara A. L’Italien 18th Essex Matthew C. Patrick 3rd Barnstable Anne M. Paulsen 24th Middlesex Robert P. Spellane 13th Worcester Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. 26th Middlesex David M. Torrisi 14th Essex Thomas M. Stanley 9th Middlesex Benjamin Swan 11th Hampden Cheryl A. Rivera 10th Hampden Stephen Kulik 1st Franklin Patricia D. Jehlen 27th Middlesex Cleon Turner 1st Barnstable
Out-of state homosexual marriage in Mass:
Robert P. Spellane 13th Worcester Michael E. Festa 32nd Middlesex Douglas W. Petersen 8th Essex Ellen Story 3rd Hampshire David Paul Linsky 5th Middlesex Matthew C. Patrick 3rd Barnstable Patricia D. Jehlen 27th Middlesex Jay R. Kaufman 15th Middlesex Ruth B. Balser 12th Middlesex Byron Rushing 9th Suffolk David M. Torrisi 14th Essex William G. Conley MGLPC, Statehouse, Boston Frank I. Smizik 15th Norfolk Thomas M. Stanley 9th Middlesex Rachel Kaprielian 29th Middlesex Elizabeth A. Malia 11th Suffolk J. James Marzilli, Jr. 23rd Middlesex Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. 26th Middlesex Alice K. Wolf 25th Middlesex Deborah D. Blumer 6th Middlesex John W. Scibak 2nd Hampshire Kathi-Anne Reinstein 16th Suffolk Kay Khan 11th Middlesex Peter V. Kocot 1st Hampshire Martha M. Walz 8th Suffolk Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. 34th Middlesex John W. Keenan 7th Essex Michael A. Costello 1st Essex Barry R. Finegold 17th Essex Cleon H. Turner 1st Barnstable Denis E. Guyer 2nd Berkshire Karen E. Spilka 2nd. Worcester
Please click on the title of this post and find your state legislature to tell them to LET THE PEOPLE VOTE! Use the following script when calling and please be polite:
“My name is _____ and I live at [home address]. I am calling to urge [Rep. _____ OR Sen. _____] to support the marriage amendment. The citizens of Massachusetts deserve the right to make this important decision. Will [Rep. _____ or Sen. _____] vote to let the people vote on the marriage amendment?”
Let me know what their response was as soon as you can so Vote On Marriage.org can take the appropriate next step to put the pressure on our state officials.

5 Comments:

Blogger jennifer said...

That's quite a list. Do you think gay marriage will come to a vote in MA?

7:55 AM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger Tyler Dawbin said...

That is appalling...I got this list from some other group a few weeks ago, and I was surprised at how there are legislators that would even de-criminalize bestiality.

We've gone too liberal in this state...we need to get back to a balance, at least, where issues are not squashed along party lines, but debated and voted on fairly based on the people's will.

8:09 AM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger SCIA said...

Jennifer,
As long as the citizens of the Commonwealth keep up the pressure on their state legislature and NOT SHUT UP about this issue, it will come to a vote.

Tyler,
You live in MA, call your state rep. and senator NOW before doing any more blogging. Click on the title "Know Thy Legislature" of this post and find your rep. and senator!!

use the following script when calling:

“My name is _____ and I live at [home address]. I am calling to urge [Rep. _____ OR Sen. _____] to support the marriage amendment. The citizens of Massachusetts deserve the right to make this important decision. Will [Rep. _____ or Sen. _____] vote to let the people vote on the marriage amendment?”

Let me know if you need any help. If you have done this already pass this on to another MA registered voter.

Please provide a link to this post for other MA registered voters to look at.

O.K. I will come up for air. LOL!!

Thanks for your help

11:02 AM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger jennifer said...

I am not a citizen of MA, but I understand the importance of this issue. If I can happen there, it can happen here....or, even worse, all over America.

1:45 PM, May 02, 2006  
Blogger Tyler Dawbin said...

SCIA, I met with my rep. on Monday night, and her husband is on the judiciary committee (giving the amendment an unfavorable report...), but as far as I know, both of them are on the side of letting the people vote on the issues, at least.

I want my rights!!!

10:28 AM, May 03, 2006  

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