Whether you are in support of or in opposition to the Marriage Equality Bill (S.115 & H.178), please contact your legislators today to let them know how you think they should vote on the issue. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote by the end of the week to send the bill to the full Senate next week. Don’t miss the opportunity to be heard by your legislators; if you don’t speak up, they cannot accurately represent you.

Call the Sergeant-at-Arms office at 802-828-2228 and leave a message for your legislators. Tell them your name, your phone number, and your town, and how you think they should vote on S.115! A call is always more effective, but if you are uncomfortable with it, an email will do the job! Here are links to the contact information for your legislators:

Senate – http://www.vtfreetomarry.org/senate.html
House – http://www.vtfreetomarry.org/house.html

Also, I urge everyone to read the bills before blindly deciding to support or oppose it. They are only 5 & 6 pages long respectively. It might tell you something you didn’t already know that the short title of the bill is “An Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Promote Equality in Civil Marriage.” Both sides will learn something by reading the actual bills:

S.115 – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/bills/Intro/S-115.pdf
H.178 – http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/bills/Intro/H-178.pdf

Other things you can do to be heard include writing the governor, who currently doesn’t support this issue begin raised at all. Tell him you think it’s an important issue:

Governor Jim Douglas
109 State Street,Pavilion
Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
(802) 828-3333
Contact form on his website

You can write a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper, make a donation to a group you support in the issue of marriage equality, and talk about it with family and friends!

Thanks all, this is a really important issue and every voice should be heard!

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