Annette Gross

It just gets better and better.......

Filed By Annette Gross | June 13, 2006 7:48 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

This is the reply I received from Evan Bayh after writing to him to request that he vote against the Marriage Amendment. What can I say?

Dear Mrs. Gross :

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Marriage Protection Amendment to the United States Constitution. I appreciate your thoughts and concerns. Having been happily married for more than twenty years, this issue is important to me.

I do not support same sex marriage. I believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. That is currently the law in Indiana and is currently the law nationally. I support the Defense of Marriage Act that prohibits federal recognition of same sex marriage and prevents Indiana from being forced to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states.

If you have been told that a judge has struck down Indiana 's law or our nation's law prohibiting same sex marriage, that is simply not true. These laws may never be invalidated. In fact, Indiana 's law prohibiting same sex marriage was recently upheld by our Court of Appeals.

The Constitution should not be amended unless absolutely necessary and should not be amended to deal with situations that are hypothetical and may not come to pass. In a bipartisan vote on June 7, 2006, the Senate agreed and decided not to consider the Constitutional amendment this year because it is premature. I supported that decision.

In the event that the courts do invalidate our state or national laws prohibiting same sex marriage, then a Constitutional amendment should be considered.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I hope the information I have provided is helpful. My website, , can provide additional details about legislation and state projects, and you can also sign up to receive my monthly e-newsletter, The Bayh Bulletin , by clicking on the link at the top of my homepage. I value your input and hope you will continue to keep me informed of the issues important to you.

Office of Senator Evan Bayh
(202) 224-5623
Russell 463
Washington, D.C. 20510

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Sheila Kennedy | June 13, 2006 8:00 PM

We can all take comfort from the fact that Mr. Plastic (currently polling 2% among likely Iowa caucus-goers)will never be President.

I am very happy about that Sheila. He gave me yet another reason not to like him. My emails always bounce whenever I email him. How did you contact him Annette?

I think I used the e-mail address from his site throught he Senate. I was a bit surprised that I got a reply - I still wonder if it's a "form letter"? It doesn't matter - he still is a disappointment.

Thanks for posting this, Annette.

Screw Evan Bayh. That's what I think, now.

Melissa Williams | June 13, 2006 10:41 PM

I called his office through the Senator's switchboard the day of the FMA vote and I have since programmed the number into my cell phone (202-224-3121). I think he will be hearing from me daily. This is so clearly the work of a moderate Democrat vying for power. It makes me very sad.

You know what else I'm sick of (other than wishy washy politicians?) -- hearing the phrase "one man and one woman" rather that "a man and a woman."

The emphasis on the word "one" is there because the religious right has successfully planted the fallacious slipperly slope argument that gay marriage and polygamy are connected; that we're somehow connected with the radical elements that want polygamy legalized, and that we're part of some larger agenda.

Hearing the phrase put that way coming out of Evan Bayh's mouth means he's drunk the religious right's kool-aid.

Bad democrat! No cookie for you, Evan!

Linda Perdue | June 14, 2006 12:55 PM

Personally I look at it as differently sexed marriage. If we're same sex, they're different sex. Right?