Pro-equality Republicans, antigay Democrats?

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July 20 2006 12:00 AM ET

The failure of
the antigay marriage amendment on Tuesday in the U.S.
House of Representatives was largely along party lines, with
the Republicans voting in favor and the Democrats
opposed. (Vermont's lonely Independent congressman
voted against the amendment.) But the vote was not
strictly partisan: 34 Democrats supported writing antigay
discrimination into the U.S. Constitution, while 27
Republicans opposed it.

"Don't forget
these names or forgive their vote," urges an activist
e-mail now circulating with the names of the 34 antigay
Democrats. The action you take is up to you, but what
follows is a complete list of the Democrats who
favored discrimination, as well as the
Republicans who voted on the side of equality. To contact
any of the following congresspeople, go to www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml
and click on the representative's name to reach his or her
home page. Each can be contacted, for praise or
complaint, via e-mail through their home page:

Democrats who
voted for antigay discrimination (with their state and
district number) Barrow, John (Ga.-12)
Berry, Marion (Ark.-01) Bishop Jr., Sanford
(Ga.-02) Boren, Dan (Okla.-02)
Boucher, Rick (Va.-09) Boyd, Allen (Fla.-02)
Chandler, Ben (Ky.-06) Cooper, Jim
(Tenn.-05) Costello, Jerry (Ill.-12)
Cramer, Bud (Ala.-05) Cuellar, Henry
(Texas-28) Davis, Artur (Ala.-07)
Davis, Lincoln (Tenn.-04) Edwards, Chet
(Texas-17) Etheridge, Bob (N.C.-02)
Ford, Harold (Tenn.-09) Gordon, Bart
(Tenn.-06) Herseth, Stephanie (S.D.)
Holden, Tim (Pa.-17) Jefferson, William
(La.-02) Marshall, Jim (Ga.-03)
Matheson, Jim (Utah-02) McIntyre,
Mike (N.C.-07) Melancon, Charlie
(La.-03) Ortiz, Solomon (Texas-27)
Peterson, Collin (Minn.-07) Rahall, Nick
(W.V.-03) Ross, Mike (Ark.-04) Scott,
David (Ga.-13 Skelton, Ike (Mo.-04)
Spratt, John (S.C.-05) Tanner, John
(Tenn.-08) Taylor, Gene (Ms.-04)
Thompson, Bennie (Ms.-02)

Republican who
voted against discrimination (with their state and
district number) Bass, Charles (N.H.-02)
Biggert, Judy (Ill.-02) Boehlert, Sherwood
(N.Y.-24) Bono, Mary (Calif.-45)
Castle, Michael (Del.) Diaz-Balart, Lincoln
(Fla.-21) Diaz-Balart, Mario (Fla.-25)
Dreier, David (Calif.-26) Fitzpatrick, Michael
(Pa.-08) Foley, Mark (Fla.-16)
Frelinghuysen, Rodney (N.J.-11) Gerlach, Jim
(Pa.-06) Gilchrest, Wayne (Md.-01)
Hobson, David (Ohio-07) Hostettler, John
(Ind.-08) Johnson, Nancy (Conn.-05)
Kirk, Mark (Ill.-10) Knollenberg, Joseph
(Mich.-09) Kolbe, Jim (Ariz.-08)
Leach, Jim (Iowa-02) Paul, Ron (Texas-14)
Pryce, Deborah (Ohio-15) Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana
(Fla.-18) Schwarz, John J.T. "Joe"
(Mich.-07) Shays, Christopher (Conn.-04)
Simmons, Rob (Conn.-02) Sweeney, John (N.Y.-20)

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