Today is the day of the Very Big Vote on Marriage Equality in Delaware.
We're told the vote will be taken 'round about 2:30 PM. Today.
We've been told to expect that the vote will be close. Very. Close.
One of the votes that WON'T be for Marriage Equality will be from my own District. #19.
Senator Brian Pettyjohn.
We've been corresponding quite a bit these past few weeks, Sen. Pettyjohn and I.
Senator Pettyjohn tells me that he won't be voting for HB75 - also known as The Civil Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom Act - because.......well, because of all of the usual irrational, illogical reasons people oppose marriage equality.
So, I wrote him a letter.....well, actually, I've written him several letters.
I don't think for a microsecond that he's read any of them. That's not why I write them and spend the postage on them.
I don't think the content of our letters are what's important. What's really important is THAT we write letters and send them off to our legislators.
And, make phone calls.
And now, the day has come for The Vote. Today. At 2:30. PM.
I would be so appreciative if, of your mercy and kindness and belief in justice, you would send some "arrow prayers" this way today.
Or, white light. Or, positive energy. Or, good vibes. Or, special chants. Or meditations. Or, however it is that you beseech the universe to press forward ever so slightly so as to bend the arc of history a little more toward justice.
Meanwhile, you can read my letter to Sen. Pettyjohn which is below. Because, you know, he won't.
He also won't vote for HB75.
That's okay, I suppose. Fair is fair. I didn't vote for him, either.
And, won't in the future.
And, will work hard to see that no one else does, either.
How could anyone vote for someone who isn't on the right side of history?
Especially when today is such a good day for equality?
HB75 is not about God or the Bible. If that were so, we would be talking about polygamy which is evident throughout Christian scripture. It is about allowing law abiding citizens of this country the civil rights guaranteed to them by the constitution.
HB75 is about upholding the Constitution of the United States of America, which, you may remember, is your job. You may also recall that when you were sworn into office, you placed your hand on the bible and swore to uphold the constitution. You did not put your hand on the constitution and swear to uphold the bible.
HB75 is not about defending "traditional marriage". If that were a concern, we would be advocating for laws to make divorce illegal.
HB75 is not about "changing the traditional definition of marriage". For centuries, "traditional marriage" was a defined as a contract between two men concerning the ownership of a woman. The civil right of marriage is now a legal contract between two people which is enjoyed by heterosexual law abiding citizens as well as heterosexual convicted felons, those heterosexuals who are imprisoned as well as those who are death-row inmates or are serving life sentences.
HB75 is about expanding the definition of marriage to include a demographic of people who have been perniciously and consistently excluded from this civil right, in the same way that people of different races were prevented from being married.
HB75 is not about the religious rite of marriage. Indeed, HB75 makes it abundantly clear that no religious or civic leader will be coerced or forced to preside at a marriage which compromises his or her sense of ethics - even though that has always been the case.
As your constituent, I'm writing to urge you to support marriage for same-sex couples by supporting HB75, the Civil Marriage Equality and Religious Freedom Act. All loving couples should have the freedom to protect their families in the state that they call home, and marriage is the only way to ensure that.
A strong majority of Delawareans are ready to enact marriage equality, and it's time for our state to end discrimination against same-sex couples and their families by passing a marriage bill in 2013.
Please be on the right side of history and vote to support HB75.
UPDATE: As predicted, it was close (12-9), but WE WON!!!! The bill was immediately signed by Governor Markel who said to LGBT leaders and allies, "I'm not going to make you wait a minute longer for this."
Delaware is the 11th State with Marriage Equality.
I also want to note that all six women who are Senators voted FOR Marriage Equality. I swear, if more women were in the Houses of Legislature and Bishops, this would NOT be an issue.
Yes indeed, today really was a GREAT day for equality.