Nigerian Deputy Senate President Ibrahim Mantu (see here) was in DC today. I have it on good authority that a letter of protest was delivered to him by Congressman Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo, California, 12th District) regarding the "gay marriage" legislation. No word on the text of Lantos' letter.
Letters to Nigeria by American legislators is nothing new. Another letter was sent to Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo by Congressman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts, 4th District) on May 2, 2006. The text can be found here. Frank's argument was that as ranking member (and now Chair, I should add) of the Financial Services Committee, he had the power to cut off aid to Nigeria should Obasanjo sign the legislation. I wonder if that threat is still intact.
Make calls of support to Congressmen Lantos and Frank, and encourage your friends to do the same:
Congressman Tom LantosEmail is good, but a phone call is way better. Tell them that you appreciate their concern for civil rights abroad, and their efforts to encourage Nigeria to avoid making a terrible mistake.
2413 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Congressman Barney Frank
2252 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
If you're a Republican, get over it and give these folks a call anyway. They're doing God's work with this legislation, and they're doing it right now.
Also, I should add, if and only if you're a member or incipient member of a CANA parish, contact Bishop Martyn Minns:
The Rt. Rev. Martyn MinnsIf and only if you're a member of a Network parish or diocese, contact Bishop Robert Duncan:
10520 Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
The Rt. Rev. Robert DuncanIf you're an Anglican, contact Archbishop Rowan Williams and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori:
Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh
900 Oliver Building
535 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222-2467
The Most Reverend Rowan WilliamsIf you're "nothing at all," and you don't know who to write, contact your US Representative or Senator, or the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) -- BE POLITE!:
The Press Office
London SE1 7JU
Tel: 020 7898 1200
Fax: 020 7261 1765
Press Secretary's email: email@example.com
The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori
Presiding Bishop and Primate
815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (800) 334-7626
Archbishop Peter Akinola (firstname.lastname@example.org)What to say:
Archbishop Akinola's Communications Director, Canon Akintude Popoola (email@example.com)
Tell them all that the "same-sex marriage" legislation before the Nigerian Federal Assembly is undemocratic, it violates the UN's International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, it has been condemned by the US State Department and 16 human rights organizations, it is in violation of the Nigerian Constitution, and it is in violation of Christian and Muslim principles.
Most importantly, stress the urgency of action, and above all, be very, very polite.