When you email a Supreme Court justice, you need to keep your message brief, but to the point.
Quickly touch on the facts:
- Most Americans are not in favor of gay marriage
- Legalizing gay marriage will affect the rights of people of faith who do not which to participate in gay marriage
- Our founding fathers who wrote the consitution did not intend for it to apply to the legalization of same sex marriage.
If you just arrange these facts in the order of your choosing you will have an effective email.
When writing an actual letter, simply include these facts and any other facts that you which to bring to their attention. Try to keep your letter no longer than two pages. One is even better.
Write in a more conversational style, so these facts flow.
Avoid sounding accusatory or hostile, no matter how upset you are. Your letter will sound disresptful and the reader will simply delete or discard it.
Also, please note that most of these Justices have their mail and emails screened. The more professional and polite you are, the more likely it is that your letter will be forwarded directly to them
Frequently asked question: Will the person in charge (in this case, the individual Supreme Court Justice) actuallly read my letter?
The more fair and respectful your letter is, the greater the chance it will be read directly.
BUT EVEN IF IT ISN’T, there are workers who will read your letter and who tally or calculate how many letters they receive for or against an issue. So please don’t ever think for a minute that your email or letter isn’t making a difference. IT IS!!
Here is a sample letter:
Dear Justice (put in the first and last name of the Supreme Court Justice),
I am deeply disheartened by the recent recognition of gay marriage.
Our founding fathers never intended for the constitution to be applied this way, and they would be rocking and reeling in disbelief.
The passing of this bill may mean that people of faith everywhere will lose their religious liberties and face charges of discrimination if they refuse to participate in gay weddings.
Additionally, some clergy people may eventually face the possibility of being prosecuted with hate crimes for preaching their convictions.
The legalization of gay marriage may eventually spring a stream of anti-discrimination laws which could ultimately lead to the Bible, the Koran, and other text which are held sacred, to be labeled as “hate literature”.
Please consider the implications of your decsion, and reverse the legalization of gay marriage.