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Stonewall Dems to LGBTs: Become Coak addicts

by Jeremy Hooper

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, then "Glee" will not return for another season.

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, the world's oxygen supply will begin to contain carbs.

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, Jay Leno will take over every hour on NBC's programming schedule.

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, Lady Gaga will become an evangelical gospel performer.

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, then change for a five dollar bill will only be given in pennies.

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, everyone will be forced to attend every high school reunion. Naked.

If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, puppies will be forced into slave labor, licking envelopes for far-right campaigns.

Or at the very least: If Martha Coakley is not elected to Ted Kennedy's seat, American could become remain a land where certain tax-paying citizens are barred from basic things like marriage, the right to fair employment, and military service. Stonewall Democrats will now tell you what you can do to sway the course of history:

Dear XXXX,

The special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat is just seven days away, and most polls are showing that the race between Martha Coakley and her Republican opponent Scott Brown could not be tighter.

In Massachusetts, the bluest of all blue states and the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, Brown opposes marriage equality. Ted Kennedy was one of 13 Senators brave enough to stand up against DOMA when it was passed in 1996. Protect Ted Kennedy's legacy from anti-marriage equality Scott Brown by supporting Martha Coakley:

This race affects more than just the good people of Massachusetts, however. Since Martha Coakley would be the 60th Democratic Senator, the legislative priorities of LGBT Americans and all Democrats hang on the outcome of this race. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- even health care -- are going to pass with the barest of margins. Without Martha Coakley in the Senate, they have almost no chance at all.

Support Martha Coakley's election by giving $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can:

Martha Coakley won't just be a passive supporter of equal rights for LGBT Americans in the Senate. As Attorney General of Massachusetts, she launched the first lawsuit challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) on behalf of a state. She would be a Senator we could count on.

Martha Coakley has taken a stand for LGBT Americans. Will you stand with her?

Thank you for your support,

Michael Mitchell
Executive Director

P.S. It's impossible to overestimate the importance of this election for LGBT Americans and their families. Our community needs to stand together this last week and give all we can to elect Martha Coakley to the U.S. Senate:

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Your thoughts

So their message is vote for Coakley so she can join the other Democrats in Congress and do nothing? Yeah, that's persuasive. The Democrats have had more than enough members and time to take action on DADT, ENDA and even DOMA. What have they done? Squat.

Posted by: John | Jan 12, 2010 5:38:27 PM

John: I of course support your rage toward inaction. But I would encourage a few considerations:

(1) We are talking about Ted Kennedy's seat. I'm sure you have your criticisms of the late senator, but in terms of pro-equality support, we've known no greater senatorial ally. His death has left a void. One would hope that his successor would fill it, as he would have wanted.

(2) Coakley has been fantastic for us! Don't forget that she has filed a challenge to DOMA. She has stood with us. It's unfair to assume that she will drop her support if/when she wins the seat, solely because so many of her would-be colleagues have done little.

(3) Some Dems are stepping up. Gillibrand has been great, to name one. Maybe what we need is another strong, progressive, freshman like Coakley?

(4) What, exactly, have Republican senators done for us?

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 12, 2010 6:34:58 PM

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