I did not go to Lobby Night 2011.
I believe that it is really a waste of time and resources, except for the public relations.
Let me say that those who go are well meaning individuals who believe in their issue. However, elected officials are going to vote in a particular way when they know that there is a large group who will either vote for them or against and spend $$$ for that issue.
Unfortunately, we as Catholics will not vote for those politicians who support our beliefs. They know it, so they can ignore us.
The MCC and the Archdiocese can talk all about how many people showed up, pictures with representatives, etc. But it does not "mean a hill of beans" (as my father would say) -- in other words, it means nothing.
We don't do a good job of letting Catholics know who supports us and who does not. Although I will say it has gotten a bit better than 3 years ago.
Do you really think that if the MCC and concerned Catholics speak w/ Richard Madeleno, he will change his mind. Of course not! He is in a homosexual relationship and supports the gay agenda, do you really think he will change his mind?
Our Cardinal and the MCC needs to do a better job informing Catholics of who supported us and who did not.
We need to do a better job putting pressure on "Catholyc" politicians, and that includes the denying of the sacraments. Politicians know they need not fear us, since we do nothing.
You know, on second thought, maybe I will go next year and see if they will allow me to advocate for increased deportation of illegal aliens.