UPDATE: The Grassroots amongst us have come up with The American Equality Bill - Launched Independence Day 2010 - Please Visit http://bit.ly/AEBnow to find out more and how you can get involved.
We have seen the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell but that's not enough. Now would be an ideal time for us to speak with one unified voice to call for full federal equality for all Americans. We ask you now for your support of the American Equality Bill.
The Declaration of Independence promises all Americans to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness but disparities in employment, the military, housing, marriage and healthcare continue a long tradition of segregating Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered and Bisexual Americans to second class citizenship. Regardless of anyone's personal or religious beliefs, all citizens should have access to their promised rights and responsibilities. and all elected leadership should stand for what our founding fathers promised to all Americans.
With a petition to revive the proposal to write "sexual orientation and gender identity" into the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as first proposed by then Representatives of New York Bella Abzug and Ed Koch in 1974, and now reintroduced in the American Equality Bill, there would be a simple, sweeping move to finally end the second class status of Americans who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered or Bisexual.
We thank you for the very important act of making it illegal to keep people from their loved ones when in the hospital. This corrects a heartless disparity that has left too many of us to spend our last hours alive all alone in a hospital room. This vital order has corrected one of the most important of the 1,038 federal rights that are not allowed to same gender couples in this country of ours.
I am confident you truly believe in the Declaration of Independence and the words of our founding fathers, but why are one in every ten Americans subjected to second-class citizenship when it comes to basic rights and responsibilities? I'm certain you hold dear your vow to uphold the laws of this land and stand for the rights of all Americans, why in this day and age are one in every ten Americans restricted in marriage, serving in the military, healthcare, the workplace and immigration?
We struggle from city to city, state to state and watch our fellow LGBT family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors keep being pushed to the back of the bus when it comes to our rights as promised in the Constitution and yet personal beliefs instead of what is right lead the conversations and actions from the White House, the Senate and Congress. Please, we petition you now to correct too many years of second class citizenship and make all of us equal.
We, the undersigned call upon you now to support the American Equality Bill which is similar to the Equality Act (H.R. 14752) of 1974 to include sexual orientation and gender identification into the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for full equality from the federal level for all Americans. We call upon you to do this now, today; not a year from now; not after yet another study is done; not after continuation of the years of debate while our rights continue to be infringed and our lives continue to be made less than all other Americans.