I'm going to use shameless emotional manipulation to persuade you to support a political cause.
In California, there's an initiative on the November ballot -- Proposition 8 -- that would ban same-sex marriage. In fact, it would amend the State Constitution to do so. In May of this year, the California Supreme Court said that banning same-sex marriage was a violation of the State constitution, and that same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry. Proposition 8 would take away that right, writing discrimination against gay people into the Constitution of the state.
Until a few weeks ago, No on 8 had a slim but steady lead in the polls. But in recent weeks, the right wing -- especially the religious right, and even more especially the Mormon Church -- has been pouring an enormous amount of money into the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California. They've been running a series of campaign ads that tell flat-out, outright lies about same-sex marriage: saying, for instance, that legalizing same-sex marriage will force schools to teach that same-sex marriage is just as good as opposite-sex marriage, and that churches who refuse to perform same-sex marriages will lose their tax-exempt status.
The lies are so blatant that even a Mormon scholar has written a detailed analysis pointing out how deceptive and misleading the campaign is, and saying that, "Relying on deceptive arguments is not only contrary to gospel principles, but ultimately works against the very mission of the Church."
But the ad campaign has been extremely effective. Largely as a result of it, the Yes on 8 campaign has pulled ahead in the polls. The No on 8 campaign is running ads to counter this campaign... but they need money to do it.
So here comes the shameless emotional manipulation part.
If you want to translate that sweetness and support into a practical form -- please support the No on 8 campaign.
If everyone who reads this blog donated even a small amount -- say, $25 -- to the No on 8 campaign, it would be a substantial amount of money. It would go a long way towards countering the fear- mongering lies of the religious right... lies that they're telling to try to undo our marriage.
If you can't donate money, there are other things you can do. You can talk to your friends and family. You can volunteer. You can help spread videos and links. And of course, if you live in California, you can vote.
And if you have a blog? Please, please, blog about this. Spread the word. Get your readers to donate.
Nobody knows for sure what will happen to existing same-sex marriages in California if Prop 8 passes. Chances are good, actually, that our marriage will be fine... and we will then be in the unenviable position of being legally married while our friends can't. (Much the same position that our straight friends have been in for years.)
But if you want me and Ingrid to stay married for sure -- and if you think we had the right to get married in the first place, and want to support that right, not just for us but for other couples like us -- please support No on 8. Thanks.