Good news! Thanks in great part to Attorney General Jerry Brown’s success in changing the language on Prop 8 – from the original “Limit on marriage” to the goddamn truth, which reads “Eliminates the right of same-sex couples to marry” – opposition to the homophobic proposition is rising steadily! This is even more encouraging considering that Prop 8’s supporters failed miserably in their attempts to retain the original language by suing this summer.

Surely you noticed earlier this summer that gay and lesbian couples in the state of California were at last allowed to marry lawfully! It was an exciting time for Californians (and indeed, San Franciscans) after a fight that “began” in 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom sanctioned same-sex weddings, but without the proper authority. Those marriages were declared invalid, but in June the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on same-sex marriage and so many couples have since legally married all over the state. Of course, the AFA and others like them have since banded together to bring about Prop 8, aka the “Marriage Protection Act,” which will overturn the CA Supreme Court ruling and limit marriage to a man and a woman if it passes in November’s elections.

So it is indeed very heartening that just last week Brad Pitt donated $100K to fight Prop 8! More from the SF Gate article here:

“As of a week ago, supporters of Prop. 8 reported contributions of $14.7 million and opponents had reported $13.5 million. Actor Brad Pitt donated $100,000 on Wednesday to fight Prop. 8.

“Because no one has the right to deny another their life even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn’t harm another, and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8,” Pitt said in a statement.”

This week Steven Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, donated the same amount and released this statement:

“By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition 8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Such discrimination has NO place in California’s constitution, or any other.”

Still, word in the trenches outside of the greater San Francisco Bay Area’s blue regions is that there’s still some work to be done. There are folks out there who need to understand why KEEPING equal marriage rights is so important to us, poses zero threat to them and to earn their support in defeating Prop 8 this November. With people singing one song to the interviewers and another in the ballot box (i.e. “voting their conscience”) we can’t get too, um, cocky.

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Please remember that the right to marry was fought for long and hard in this state and all over the country, and California is only the second state to legally allow same-sex marriage. The potential for this to help set a nationwide precedent is strong and true. In fact, one perspective is that by NOT taking action now you are effectively condoning these hate-mongering, fearful, sad-but-powerful homophobes in their efforts to STEAL what hardworking, taxpaying, childrearing and yes, fabulous gay and lesbians have earned as equal citizens. Del and Phyllis may not be together any longer, but we can help keep their amazing love alive, as well as hope for our own and our families and friends, by doing something now.

For more info and/or to donate, go here:

Donate to HRC’s California Marriage PAC!

Most sincerely,

SBJ & the lezzie gang at Sugar Walls

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