REGARDING A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ON GAY MARRIAGE-HON. MICHAEL E. CAPUANO (Extensions of Remarks - March 11, 2004)
HON. MICHAEL E. CAPUANO
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2004
Mr. CAPUANO. Mr. Speaker, as Congress moves to consider a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, I would like to take this opportunity to submit for the RECORD the following letter from a constituent of mine, whose words and sentiments are echoed by millions of Americans throughout the country. Though this letter was addressed to the members of the Massachusetts State Legislature, I believe the passion and conviction this mother has for the rights and privileges of her children, and her gay son in particular, is extremely relevant to the debate that we may soon have in the U.S. House of Representatives.
February 21, 2004.
Members of the Massachusetts Legislature,
State House, Boston, MA.
DEAR SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES:
I am the mother of four children. Our family values are evidenced by the concern they have for each other's well being. They are so alike in thought and deed that it continues to amaze me. They are outstanding, productive members of society and I am equally proud of all of them. However, passage of this discriminatory constitutional amendment will forbid my gay son from enjoying the same rights and privileges as his brother and sisters.
I implore you to vote no.
Thank you Mr. Speaker and I urge all of my colleagues to heed the words of Mrs. Frank.