We have to push harder and smarter if we want to see change in Congress. And, there's no better time to do it than the upcoming August congressional recess. As David Badash wrote in an earlier post, if we don't Fill The Void of August, someone else will.
That's one of the reasons why the Human Rights Campaign has launched a new grassroots program called No Excuses.
The agenda is simple:
Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies legally married lesbian and gay couples more than 1,000 federal protections and benefits.
Outlaw workplace discrimination by passing an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) to protect our national security.
End the painful separation of families by recognizing same-sex couples, just like opposite-sex couples, under American immigration laws.
Provide equivalent health benefits to the millions of federal employees - whether they are opposite-sex or same-sex couples - in legally recognized relationships.
By meeting with your members of Congress back in your congressional district - where they are less likely to be surrounded by fat cat lobbyists - you can help to turn up the heat and press for the passage of pro-LGBTQ legislation.
Now is the time when we can make real gains. Meeting with your members of Congress is easier than you may think.
HRC's No Excuses campaign provides you with the tools you need to request a meeting with your representatives, gives you talking points, and provides a way for you to give HRC feedback on how your meeting went.
Now is the time for action, not simply more excuses. You have the tools, now is the time to use them.