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Survey from the ACLU/Freedom to Marry

Taken from sistercoyote's journal (originally from the UU Interweave mailing list):

The ACLU is requesting your help in the fight to make marriage equal in America.

The most powerful weapon to change legal and public opinion is the story of individual couples. Real couples with real stories of commitment and harm put a face on the discrimination all gay couples face. The more Americans see the face of gay couples who look like themselves, the less likely they will support discrimination. Winning the battle of state and federal constitutional amendments depends on the couples we put front and center in the debate.

Will you help us find these couples? By sending our request to your members, we can cast a larger net to find the best couples to serve as plaintiffs in courtrooms and as spokespersons in the media.

We have developed a web-based survey with Freedom to Marry that has proven very successful in finding plantiffs in a number of state lawsuits. It has also enabled us to find compelling spokespersons for special town hall meetings around the country. The survey is designed to efficiently collect key data on couples. If a couple with specific issues or demographics is needed somewhere to address a media request or lawsuit, our research team can fill the request in an instant. The data will be shared with Freedom to Marry's coalition partners.

Could you forward the survey link to all your contacts, and ask them to do the same? If you are able to post the link directly on your website, this would be particularly helpful: www.aclu.org/couples.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

Remember, the couples survey is at www.aclu.org/couples.

Please forward this special message far and wide.

Thank you for your assistance,
Jodi Clagg
American Civil Liberties Union
Take the Freedom to Marry couples' survey at www.aclu.org/couples. (dracut I think your story regarding your family's acceptance issues would be important to share, IMHO.)


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Oct. 14th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure that I'd call what I've seen as discrimination versus differences in belief. Living in Mass, it's already legal here, so it's not like we're being barred from getting married, and thankfully we've not seen any outright discrimination based on our past or pending future status.
Oct. 14th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
The whole point is that they're looking for personal stories, political or not. I think yours is one worth sharing. Check it out.
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