Monday, October 20, 2008

Unfortunately, not all election news is good news: CA's Proposition 8 (anti-gay marriage) is tied for "yes" and "no" right now.

via here: a statistical deadlock, with the "ayes" appearing to be slightly ahead.
SAN FRANCISCO—The red-hot issue of same-sex marriage continues to sharply divide Californians, according to a poll conducted last week. If a vote were held today on Proposition 8, a state ballot initiative that would reverse the decision of the state's Supreme Court earlier this year and eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry, 48 percent of likely voters say they would vote yes, supporting a ban, while 45 percent say they would vote to leave the law alone. Seven percent of voters remain undecided. The initiative, which will appear on the ballot in two weeks, requires a majority to pass.

Anyone who's in California and has time to spare, or knows someone who is/ does, they're doing (grunt, ugh, gah but I'm going to do it anyway goddamit) phone banking. Also blog about it, of course, pass it on.

It just sucks because it's so completely fucking gratuitous, and it'd be so simple to just let it -be.- Gay marriage is -already- a reality, as in actual same-sex couples are married in California right now, and somehow the world hasn't ended; and yet people are pouring money into taking it away again, and for what? Because it's -threatening-, even though they never can make a real case for -how- it affects -them-.

So, instead, they make shit up.

A Massachusetts couple is starring in a new Proposition 8 ad that taps into the fears of some Californians. They sued the state of Massachusetts and lost.

"We want every Californian to know it will happen. Gay marriage will be taught to the youngest of children," said Massachusetts father Robb Wirthlin.

There is nothing in California's education code that mandates schools teach anything about marriage. But the yes on 8 campaign is taking their message on the road, with a bus tour that brings them to the Bay Area on Tuesday.

The no on 8 campaign is firing back with its own ad, accusing critics of using scare tactics. A new anti-Proposition 8 ad also challenges the claim that churches could lose their tax exempt status...

**ETA: I've been out of the loop, but as it happens, today has been eight against eight" day (thanks, Miss Avarice: eight-day collaborative online fundraising drive to defeat Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that seeks to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in the State of California. See the project here.

To donate, CLICK HERE or scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Make A Donation" link. Even if you have already donated, please consider giving again. Every little bit counts. $5 here and $10 there will add up to a lot! Thank you again!

This November, Californians will be asked to vote on Proposition 8, a divisive ballot initiative that would take away the freedom to marry from loving and committed same-sex couples.

We've joined the NO on 8 campaign because we believe every Californian deserves the freedom to marry the one they love. Prop. 8 would create a separate set of rules for same-sex couples, treating them differently under law. Regardless of how you feel about marriage, it is a right that belongs to all of us, without exception.

Please join us in making a donation to NO on 8 - Equality California. Your generous contribution will help NO on 8 defeat this misguided measure. Thank you for standing with us to support freedom, fairness and equality.


Grace Chu and Grace Rosen - Grace The Spot
Lori Hahn - Hahn At Home
Kelly Leszczynski - The Lesbian Lifestyle
Dorothy Snarker - Dorothy Surrenders
Pam Spaulding - Pam's House Blend
Sinclair - Sugarbutch Chronicles
Riese - This Girl Called Automatic Win
Renee Gannon - Lesbiatopia


Plain(s)feminist said...

IIRC, the guy didn't want same-sex parents to even be mentioned in front of his kid. In my kid's class, there is at least one lesbian-parented household. Would that child not be allowed to mention his moms?! Of course, the school said they couldn't guarantee this, so Angry Homophobic Dad wouldn't leave the school and they had to call the police. Who is more of a threat to children's education and values in this picture??

belledame222 said...

yeah, charming innit.

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Roland Hulme said...

This whole thing REALLY annoys me.

Geeze, didn't we have something in the Declaration of Independence about the freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

I don't remember "the right to enforce your biggoted beliefs on other people, even though it doesn't affect your smug, 'moralistic' existence."

I think EVERYBODY who votes to ban gay marriage in California should be forced at gunpoint to surrender their American passports - asshats.

Alon Levy said...

I can't legally donate to No on 8 because I'm not a US citizen. Is there any other way I could help?

Anonymous said...

I'm not gay and I don't live in the US, but when I tried to go to I accidentally typed, which redirected me to

This kind of sleazy tactic pissed me off *so* much that I've placed artwork calling to vote 'no' on the most visited page of my website.


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