June 22, 2010
by Andy Kelley
New Media Organizer, Courage Campaign
I was on Facebook the other day and noticed something that really got under my skin.
The National Organization for Marriage, the right-wing extremist group that spent millions to pass Prop 8, had more fans on Facebook than Testimony: Equality On Trial, the Courage Campaign’s project to empower all Americans to participate in the historic trial against Prop 8.
I know, I know. It seems like something small and unimportant. But it isn’t.
What happens in this case will have far reaching impacts that will last for generations. That’s why we launched Testimony: Equality on Trial, to show the real-life impact this case has on Americans. By preventing the court from televising the trial, opponents of equality want to keep our stories hidden from the public. But we won’t let them silence us. And we won’t let them win.
NOM has led the fight against marriage equality. You might remember their “Gathering Storm” video from the Prop 8 battle, when they helped mobilize right-wing Californians to vote to take away our rights. NOM was also responsible for taking away our rights in Maine last fall, spearheading the passage of Question 1.
From banning cameras in the courtroom and striking testimony from the record to seeking to shut down the Prop 8 Trial Tracker and disabling comments on their Facebook wall (maybe the pro-equality comments were too much for them?), NOM will stop at nothing to silence our voices and to keep the truth from being heard. Because they know that when we share our stories we win.
So we asked our members to take a stand against NOM and “like” the Testimony fanpage and suggest the page to their friends. And their response has been overwhelming. We blew past NOM in a matter of hours, and are now hoping to double their presence on Facebook.
We need to tell the story of this trial to as many people as possible. And with so many people now on Facebook, it’s very important that we use it to shed light on the trial.
Will you join us on Facebook?
Click here to “like” the Testimony: Equality on Trial fanpage and show your support for marriage equality.
Thank you for helping us tell the story of this trial.