Oppose amendment

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, March 06, 2006

This is in regard to the "unconstitutional amendment" being proposed by the governor and some members of our state Legislature.

As a citizen, I am alarmed and offended that our representative democracy at the state level, as at the national level, is being undermined in so many ways through political opportunism.

Proposing an amendment to our state constitution that would further deprive many Alaskans of their civil rights is unjust and totally contrary to the ideals of our democracy.

For hundreds of years, women and blacks in the United States were denied equality by laws determined by the majority.

I'm old enough to remember World War II and the Nazi condemnation of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals.

I participated in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I have continued as an advocate for civil rights on behalf of women, the elderly, gays, persons with disabilities and in regard to the so-called Patriot Act.

Putting civil rights up for a popular vote is shameful. There have been scientifically valid surveys of public opinion measuring support for the Bill of Rights. When these historic statements were not identified as amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the majority of American subjects sampled were opposed to them!

Discrimination based on self-interest, ignorance or righteousness is all too common in this day and age. It has no place in Alaska.

I urge you all to stand up for out highest aspirations as a democratic society. Contact the Office of the Governor and your state legislators. Stop this proposal to deny rights and benefits based on marital status.

Dixie Hood


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