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Fights Anti-Gay Constitutional Amendment
DontAmend.com to be History's Largest GLBT Web Mobilization
StopDrLaura.com Organizers Regrouping to Fight the New Threat
Courtesy of http://www.DontAmend.com
While the proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution, called the Federal Marriage Amendment, has been around for several years, the possibility of it passing the Congress increased significantly two weeks ago when Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) announced his support for the measure on ABC's This Week.
DontAmend.com cofounder, and former StopDrLaura.com online organizer John Aravosis, says the religious right is now organizing to pass this amendment like never before. "The religious right has now made passage of an anti-gay amendment to the U.S. Constitution its number one priority," Aravosis said. "Gay Americans and their allies must make fighting this legislative bigotry our number one priority."
Tyler says that DontAmend.com will use, and build on, expertise gleaned during the StopDrLaura.com battle.
"StopDrLaura.com successfully melded the Internet and traditional grassroots organizing to motivate millions of people to fight prejudice," Tyler said. Andy Thayer, who worked with me on stopdrlaura.com, and I, used this organizing tool to successfully work with local activists to organize 38 cities in just 3 weeks so thousands poured into the streets from San Juan to Fairbanks to celebrate the Lawrence v. Texas Supreme Court victory on the day of that decision. "We will replicate those successes and bring them to a level never before seen in history."
Aravosis says that the religious right push for the amendment offers gays and their allies an unprecedented opportunity to organize.
"While we would prefer not to be fighting this battle at all, we believe DontAmend.com has the potential to become the gay 'MoveOn.org'," said Aravosis, referring to the wildly successful online grassroots campaign. "Our goal is nothing less than creating the largest mobilization of gays and their allies in the history of the world."