Prop 8 matters to everyone, not just Californians

Most of you already know aboutProposition 8, the ballot initiative Californians will vote on during the General Election this November 4.  

But maybe you don’t realize how important it is to all of us that this initiative is defeated.

Thanks to the state Supreme Court, the California constitution now guarantees marriage equality for
same-sex couples. If passed, Proposition 8 will amend the constitution to include a section stating that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. That result could possibly be
challenged under the federal constitution, but it’s not guaranteed
that such a case would be successful. Further, while state Attorney General Jerry Brown has gone on record saying Prop 8would not be retroactive, meaning existing gay marriages in the state would not be nullified, other legal opinions vary on that issue. Supporters of the initiative insist that it will invalidate all gay marriages, past and future, no matter when or where performed.

Needless to say, it’s imperative that Prop 8 is defeated. Not just for Californians but for all of us who support marriage equality. A defeat in this election would be exponentially damaging, setting back decades of progress toward marriage equality — if Prop 8 passes, it will be the first time in the history of the United States that voters have stripped away an existing right to marry.
Alternately, if Prop 8 is defeated, it’s likely to speed up the marriage equality movement nationwide.

And our opponents know it. Anti-gay organizations have poured tens of millions of dollars into this fight, casting it as the decisive battle in the culture wars. As of right now, they have raisedmore money than the opposition, despite high profile donors likeSteven Spiellberg andBrad Pitt, both of whom have recently donated $100,000 to defeat the initiative.

Recent polling indicates there is a good chance that the initiative will be defeated, in part due to the hoped-for record numbers of youth voters turning out to support Obama. Of course these polls have also energized the supporters of the initiative to redouble their already well-organized efforts. 

How can you help? Here’s a couple of ways:

10 thoughts on “Prop 8 matters to everyone, not just Californians

  1. I just can’t fathom people being in favor of BANNING folks that love each other being allowed to marry!!!???!!??
    “Defense of Marriage”!?!? My left buttock!
    No, more like “mind your own business and if you are that wound up about Homeland Marital Security then worry about the Britney Spears’s of this world that run off to marry for less than 24 hours…worry about folks that spend way too much on a wedding when they don’t even have a concept of what a marriage is!”
    GLBTs getting married properly according to their wishes is a ‘threat’ just how???? Straight people aren’t being abducted off the street, knocked unconscious and waking up groggily in a Rehoboth hot tub w/a spouse of the same gender. I have yet to be accosted by Lesbians flashing an engagement ring from inside their trench coat and saying “Psssst – wanna get married?!”
    I am a single, straight, childless adult woman – if folks want to get married to someone be they of different cultures/same/different gender but of majority age and they are willing to work for and enjoy a legal spouse, that’s the end of it. I am accepting of the fact I will most likely never marry – hell, I can’t find a decent guy to date, but do I fear ‘teh gaii’ marriage rights??? Hell no!!! Bring on the parties!!! And to the religio-thugs who can’t keep their pants up for wanking off as they peer Gladys Kravits’-style through the blinds at the Gay neighbors – FUCK YOU!!!
    There are things that bear public scrutiny and pearl clutching like our coding blue economy – whereas two folks in love getting married should only cause fear to wedding planners being overburdened for booking venues!!!
    Elspeth

  2. You know, it hasn’t been that long since letting blacks and whites or Asians and whites or Catholics and Jews intermarry was illegal, if not grounds for murder.
    It’s about damn time the human race grew the hell up, ain’t it?

  3. Just a friendly suggestion : The ad shows what I would call typical youth. Theyr’e into Janga and Rock and Roll bands etc.
    However, the demographic of the youth could be used as an attack on the bill (folks with 2 moms and friends of Lesbians and Gays are slacker types).
    Perhaps the ad should also show someone making a million a year and driving a fancy car?
    Just an idea.

  4. Thanks Virgo, I’ll look that up.
    And Elspeth, I’m sure you got it, but just to be clear, I don’t at all believe that rich folks don’t raise bozos, just don’t want that to be an attack plan.

  5. Thank you thank you FirstDraft friends for this post, for the solidarity, for the really well-cited and on-the-money info, and finally for the call to help fundraise!
    To MapleStreet: I’m glad to chime in with Virgotex and offer further info about the YouTube video. It was made by our former babysitter and friends (former babysitter is testifier #3: “I’m Sonia, I’m 18, and my best friend’s gay,” plus the one who makes the call out at the end). The folks who made the video are all camp counselors atCamp It Up, a nearly 20-year-old Northern California summer camp for kids with LGBT parents. Most of the counselors (but not all) are folks who had been going there for years as campers themselves. Needless to say, the rest of them are young people who are in fabulous solidarity with LGBT folks. You know, the “S” part of high schools’ GSAs, or Gay-Straight Alliances.
    So. No on 8, as Virgotex has noted, made and aired their own ad on network TV. This jobbie (which I totally love, and get all verklempt watching), is among the raft of DIY videos streaming around the social networking universe online. Long may it wave.
    And thank you again for the solidarity. I heard an attorney (Deb Kinney) who’s working extremely hard on this (and who’s extremely knowledgeable at the state-level) say that if we defeat this proposition, in about a year or so, about 25 states will be underway with legalizing same-sex marriage. Given the vast number of phenomenally well-informed things she said that night, I totally believe her on this. I mean, all across the nation, all the pro- and anti- same-sex marriage folks are waiting, and will either galvanize into action or re-direct their efforts. Depending.
    All of which means, money from any state in the union will definitely influence same-sex marriage prospects in that state. ¡Viva Texas!

  6. Thank you thank you FirstDraft friends for this post, for the solidarity, for the really well-cited and on-the-money info, and finally for the call to help fundraise!
    To MapleStreet: I’m glad to chime in with Virgotex and offer further info about the YouTube video. It was made by our former babysitter and friends (former babysitter is testifier #3: “I’m Sonia, I’m 18, and my best friend’s gay,” plus the one who makes the call out at the end). The folks who made the video are all camp counselors atCamp It Up, a nearly 20-year-old Northern California summer camp for kids with LGBT parents. Most of the counselors (but not all) are folks who had been going there for years as campers themselves. Needless to say, the rest of them are young people who are in fabulous solidarity with LGBT folks. You know, the “S” part of high schools’ GSAs, or Gay-Straight Alliances.
    So. No on 8, as Virgotex has noted, made and aired their own ad on network TV. This jobbie (which I totally love, and get all verklempt watching), is among the raft of DIY videos streaming around the social networking universe online. Long may it wave.
    And thank you again for the solidarity. I heard an attorney (Deb Kinney) who’s working extremely hard on this (and who’s extremely knowledgeable at the state-level) say that if we defeat this proposition, in about a year or so, about 25 states will be underway with legalizing same-sex marriage. Given the vast number of phenomenally well-informed things she said that night, I totally believe her on this. I mean, all across the nation, all the pro- and anti- same-sex marriage folks are waiting, and will either galvanize into action or re-direct their efforts. Depending.
    All of which means, money from any state in the union will definitely influence same-sex marriage prospects in that state. So, basically, ¡Viva Tejas!

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