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This post is part of P8TT’s annual fundraising drive (penned last year). Please become a Sustaining Member so we can keep this community together to fight the battles ahead (and to enter for a chance to win two tickets to the new “8” play premiere with an all-star cast in Los Angeles!). You can chip in here so P8TT can keep going with a sustainable source of funding.

By Matt Baume, American Foundation for Equal Rights

You can’t force people to care.

Even when it’s as important as marriage. Even when everyone knows someone who’s affected. Even when our families, our homes, and our lives are at stake. And even when we’ve got a video starring Marissa Tomei.

The truth is, legal proceedings are boring, court dates are inconvenient, and poring over documents puts most of us to sleep.

And that’s why the Prop 8 Trial Tracker is so important. Beyond what its name suggests, it’s so much more than just a simple reporting of the trial. It gathers us when we are at our best, joins us together as we fight for what we know is right.

Whether we’re watching legal proceedings, coordinating a meetup in advance of a court date, or poring over documents together, we’re not doing it because someone made us — we’re doing it simply because we care. Because we’ve felt that innate human calling to make the world a better place.

And we have the Prop 8 Trial Tracker to thank for reminding us that there’s good in all of us, even in those who harbor prejudice.

As Justice Kennedy wrote in a 2001 decision concerning disability discrimination, “Prejudice, we are beginning to understand, rises not from malice or hostile animus alone. It may result as well from insensitivity caused by simple want of careful, rational reflection or from some instinctive mechanism to guard against people who appear to be different in some respects from ourselves.”

We’re not just winning this case. We’re winning this case together.

Please chip in here so we can get to the finish line- together- on Prop 8 Trial Tracker.


  • 1. Bob  |  February 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    love that quote from justice Kennedy,,,,,,,,,, we are beginning to understand,,,, that's like evolving,,,,, more and more people are beginning to understand

  • 2. MJFargo  |  February 27, 2012 at 7:06 am

    There's a wonderful–and hopeful–documentary right now on HBO, Nancy Buirski's "The Loving Story," which has amazing primary source material of Mildred and Richard Loving and their nine year fight to live openly in the State of Virginia. Parallels aside, it's a great illustration of a Constitutional challenge and the persistence and patience needed to triumph over injustice.

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