Having read in The Caledonian-Record, Feb. 7, I was very disappointed that Sen. Julius Canns is receiving very little support from the Legislature in Montpelier concerning a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, due to the fact that the Vermont voters themselves did not get an equal opportunity to vote on the civil union law. We should at least be given the opportunity for same-sex marriage. However, in order to be able to do this, it must be passed in the state Legislature before it can be put forth to the voters of Vermont.
Same-sex marriage is different from the civil union law. For many of us Vermonters, this is a special issue out of deep religious beliefs and a good moral upbringing.
Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington, stated, according to a news release in The Caledonian-Record, and I quote: \"I don\'t think there is a major push out there by any interest group for gay marriage.\"
Sen. John Bloomer, R-Rutland, stated, and I quote from The Caledonian-Record: \"My thought on it is we\'ve got a lot of other things ... that are very critical to the well-being of Vermont.\"
To Senator Sears, I don\'t think a special issue should have to be from an interest group to be given your attention.
To Senator Bloom I ask, \"When do you feel the time would be right for you?\"
I travel to work 35 miles per day, five days a week (sometimes six days); 10 miles of this is interstate down, and 10 miles back. For many months I have counted at least 15 tractor-trailer trucks each time. Fourteen have Canadian plates versus one American plate. Going to or from the Canadian border. If you want to help the citizens of Vermont with job growth and also to help our economy, I say to you, \"Gentlemen, maybe now would be the time that this was given your attention.\"
I say to all of you legislators, shame, shame. When you wanted our votes (including standing out in the cold and rain) you were more than happy to talk with each and every voter.
Call your constituents explaining Senator Canns\' intentions, then act on their responses -- not on what you think.
Remember, you are there for the voters of Vermont. Do the job you have been elected to do! Or are you afraid of losing your job? Sometimes turning the other cheek will hurt more in the end.
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