Patti (whipartist) wrote,

No on 8

When I lived in Oregon, I spent a lot of time, energy, and money fighting the anti-gay-rights bigots in the state. Lon Mabon and the Oregon Citizens' Alliance (spit) kept throwing measures on the state ballot that were specifically designed to turn queerfolk into second-class citizens-- one would have even written language into the state constitution declaring homosexuality "abnormal and perverse". I try to stay out of election politics, but some of the OCA's bullshit had me stuffing envelopes, phone banking, knocking on doors, and forking over lots of money to fight the bigotry. Since I moved to California I've done far less of this-- the state is at least somewhat saner in this regard.

I just got back from grabbing some lunch. While I was waiting for my sandwich, I was assaulted by a radio commercial in favor of Proposition 8. For those who don't live in California, that's a ballot measure that would repeal same-sex marriage in the state. The ad was appalling. It suggested that if the measure didn't pass churches would be forced to endorse gay marriages (false) and that you could be sued for your religious beliefs (also false, I believe) among other nastiness.

In a sense, the commercial did something good-- it forced me to pull out my credit card and make a donation to the No on 8 campaign. Sadly, the yes on 8 folks are fairly well capitalized, and their media blitz is particularly intense right now. Their ads are working and polls are shifting, and I believe that the current ones have the measure passing. This sucks.

How can you help? Swing over to and make a donation. There's no amount too small or too big, and you don't have to be a California resident to do so. You must be a US citizen, though.
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