Image by Getty Images via @daylifeEvery day for the past two months I have received calls from the National Organization for Marriage Equality. Not one call a day. Not two calls a day. Most days I have received three or more calls. If I’m not home when the phone rings, the robo-caller leaves a pleasant message letting me know that he will call back later.
I don’t want him to call back later. This is all a guise to stop same-sex marriage from being legalized in New York.
The caller doesn't ask what my opinions are on the issue. It only asks:
Are you registered to vote in New York? If I answer “yes”, the next question is:
Do you support the statement that marriage should be solely between a man and a woman?
The first time I heard the question I was caught off guard. “What kind of a ridiculous question is that?” I yelled at the automated voice on the phone. Didn't they say they were the organization for marriage equality?
Robo-caller calmly replied, “If you don’t respond with a yes or no I cannot record your response.”
Over the weeks, I tried various responses including, “Absolutely not!” “You've got to be kidding," and “Please take me off your calling list.”
They keep calling. Apparently there is no do-not-call registry for political calls.
I tried answering “No” to the “Are you registered to vote in New York” question, hoping that that would trigger them to take me off their list. Their automated program doesn’t seem to be that smart.
I couldn’t bring myself to answer “Yes” to the “Do you support” question, but I understand that if you do respond “Yes” robo-caller advises to contact your state senator.
So I took his advice, and sent off an e-mail to my state senator urging him to support the same-sex marriage bill. (I also urged him to institute a do-not-call registry for political calls.)
Nearly a week after the state senators were slated to go home, they are continuing to debate whether the bill should come up for a vote. Republican leaders in the Senate are working hard to keep the vote from happening.
Isn't this the twenty-first century?
Update Saturday June 25th:
Late last night the NY State Senate passed the same sex marriage bill. Hopefully the harassing calls will stop.