June 5, 2006
President George W. Bush.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
I write simply to share with you my deepest disappointment in your decision to support enshrining discrimination in the U.S. Constitution by advocating the so-called “Marriage Protection Amendment” (MPA).
Like its misnamed legislative cousin, the “Defense of Marriage Act,” the MPA would do absolutely no good and would do much evil. It would protect no one, and would continue to harm countless American families. It would not support existing marriages between men and women; it would not enhance the family life of households with a married mother and father; and it would not provide greater resources for children from these or any other families.
It would, however, deny millions of good, decent, hard-working gay and lesbian Americans the same rights that their parents, siblings, neighbors and co-workers so often take for granted.
This amendment is mean-spirited and below the dignity of someone who calls himself a Christian. While there are many issues on which people of good will can disagree, this is not one of them. At its heart, this amendment seeks to undercut the very humanity of millions of gay and lesbian Americans, telling them that they are somehow “less than” their heterosexual fellow citizens.
I raise my voice with those who have called upon you to be the President for ALL Americans, not just the vocal minority of biblical fundamentalists who would want to see America become a theocracy created in their own image. On the day of judgment when the Lord separates the sheep from the goats, (cf. Matthew 25:31-46) I have no doubt that at least some of these “leaders of the religious right” will find themselves dumbfounded, saying with those who have been excluded from God’s Kingdom, “.. ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'” I pray that you, Mr. President, will learn the true lesson of this passage, seeing the Divine Image in the dignity of every human person, and heeding God’s call to include rather than exclude — including those whom God created as homosexual.
Mr. President, please do the right thing; the good thing. Have the courage to withdraw your support from this bad, discriminatory proposal.
Wishing God’s Peace to you and all those you love.