Angie Paccione ran against Republican incumbent [and author of the discriminatory federal marriage amendment] Marilyn Musgrave (CO) in the Nov. 2006 congressional elections. Angie lost by 3 points. Given her very firm pro-equality, pro-Constitution stance, her near-win against a powerful incumbent is a sure sign that a fair and just approach can work. We must not let the homophobes frame this debate. “Leaders” must lead, not follow what they think is public opinion. Real leaders can and do shape public opinion.
In Paccione’s own words
“The Declaration of Independence says that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all are created equal. Equal. I stand for equality of all American citizens. Equality. No asterisks…no parentheses…every American should have equality under the law.
You know what a threat is to marriage? Divorce is a threat to marriage. You know what else is a threat to marriage? Infidelity is a threat to marriage. Domestic violence is a threat to marriage. Losing your job is a threat to marriage. Marriage is not a threat to marriage. I support equality.”
a huge h/t to Pam Spaulding