December 1, 2011
By Adam Bink
Well, you know you’re doing something right when you get the right-wingers’ attention. Hartford Courant:
In response to an effort by gay rights groups to convince Sen. Joseph Lieberman to back repeal of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, opponents of same-sex marriage have launched a campaign of their own.
The Family Institute of Connecticut’s Action committee is targeting Lieberman, who has consistently said he believes same-sex couples married in states where such unions are legal ought to have the same federal rights as heterosexual married couples. But Lieberman also said he views same-sex marriage as something for the states — not the federal government — to decide.
Lieberman is the only member of the Connecticut congressional delegation that has not signed on as a con-sponsor of the DOMA repeal bill. Last month, Freedom to Marry, the Courage Campaign, the ACLU of Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and other gay rights groups, launched an online drive to press Lieberman on the subject.
Now FIC Action is urging its supporters to email or call Lieberman’s office “to counter pressure from pro same-sex ‘marriage’ forces,” the group wrote on its blog.
“Rhetoric aside, Sen. Lieberman has been no friend of social conservatives,” FIC Executive Director Peter Wolfgang writes. “Whether he was upholding the legality of partial-birth abortion or forcing the military to approve of homosexual activity, Connecticut’s retiring U.S. Senator has consistently opposed traditional values. But he has the opportunity to make one parting gesture for the pro-family cause.
“Ask Sen. Lieberman to take this one last opportunity to support the traditional values that always had his voice but never his vote,” Wolfgang concludes.
Lieberman opposes the portion of the DOMA legislation that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. “He believes it is unfair to deny federal benefits that married people are entitled to under federal law to same-sex couples who are residents of states like Connecticut in which same-sex marriages are legal,” his spokeswoman, Whitney Phillips, said in an email.
But the controversial policy also stipulates that no state is required to recognize a same-sex union performed in a state where such marriages are recognized and it is that aspect of the DOMA that Lieberman supports, Phillips said last month.
We at Courage Campaign along with GLAD, the ACLU of Connecticut and Freedom to Marry aren’t letting up. If you haven’t signed our open letter to Sen. Lieberman, now’s the time. We’re delivering signatures in the next week and meeting with his staff. Sign here.