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Marriage equality updates: less than one week until election day!

Marriage equality

By Jacob CombsGoal Thermometer

Apologies for our absence–Scottie is dealing with computer issues, while my apartment (located in downtown Manhattan) lost power and water yesterday from Hurricane Sandy.  It’s been a ride for both of us.  I’m now in Brooklyn with power and Internet, and Scottie is on his way back to full operational status.  But we’re less than a week away from the election, and of course the marriage equality news has continued apace, despite the storm.  Here’s a look at some of the big headlines over the last few days:

  • At an Obama campaign event in Sarasota, Florida, Vice President Biden called transgender discrimination the “civil rights issue of our time” after speaking to a woman whose daughter was Miss Trans New England and who asked the vice president if he could help transgender individuals.
  • The New York Times editorial board endorsed the pro-marriage equality ballot measures up for a vote next Tuesday in Washington, Maine and Maryland, and spoke out against Minnesota’s anti-gay marriage amendment.  The Times also wrote, “The freedom to marry is a fundamental right that should not have to be won or defended at the ballot box. In fact, ballot initiatives are a bad way to write or rewrite laws of any kind.”
  • Washington United for Marriage, the pro-equality group campaigning for voters to approve Referendum 74 in Washington, investigated the sudden and inexplicable increase in ‘likes’ for marriage equality opponents on Protect Marriage Washington’s Facebook page, and found that most of those likes had come from Makati, a city in the Phillipines, Chemintz, Germany, Bankgog and Vilnius, in Lithuania.
  • The Los Angeles times reported this morning that Brat Pitt is donating $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Marriage Fund.  In an email to HRC’s supporters, Pitt wrote, “It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days.  In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples — our friends and neighbors — are worthy of the same protections as everyone else.”
  • All four anti-marriage campaigns in Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota have been running variations on the same ad that feature David and Tania Parker, a couple from Massachusetts who were upset by the fact that their kids learned in schools that same-sex couples were allowed to marry.  Jeremy Hooper rounded up 15 clips of David Parker’s anti-gay advocacy, in which he calls homosexuality a disease and claims that gay people use children to further their own agenda.
  • Mike Signorile found footage of Mitt Romney speaking at a meeting of conservative voters in South Carolina in 2005 about gay parents, a year after Massachusetts legalized marriage equality during his time there as governor.  “Today, same-sex couples are marrying, under the law, in Massachusetts,” Romney said  “Some gays are actually having children born to them. We’ve been asked to remove the phrase ‘mother’ and ‘father’ and replace it with ‘parent A’ and ‘parent B.’ It’s not right on paper. It’s not right in fact. Every child has the right to have a mother and father.
  • A new Baltimore Sun poll showed a substantial weakening in support for Question 6, the pro-marriage equality ballot measure in Maryland, with a statistically insignificant lead of one point for opponents of the measure.  A September poll found the measure leading by a 10-point margin, with 49 percent of voters supporting it and 39 percent opposing it.  Most of that shift came from African-American voters, who supported equal marriage rights in the September poll but opposed it by a 50-42 margin in the October poll.  Some critics of the poll have pointed out that it only asked voters if “same-sex marriage” should be legal or illegal, which does not match the language on the ballot measure.  Question 6 instead refers to “gay and lesbian couples” and includes explicit protections for religious exemptions.
  • In Maine, Brian Arsenault, a straight man being raised by a lesbian couple, recorded one of Mainers United for Marriage’s two final ads in support of Question 1.  The other features Rob Stanton and Amy Bongard, a married couple who express their belief that the term “family values” can include gay and lesbian couples, who should have the right to marry.

With the election so close, and the stakes so high, we’re going to need all the help we can get with the four marriage equality campaigns.  We’re less than $500 away from our goal of $30,000 in Washington state, where Courage will be helping Washington United for Marriage help Referendum 74 to success in the state.  Check out the links below to find out how you can help in Washington.  You can find more information about how to get involved in the other state campaigns for marriage equality here: Mainers United for Marriage, Marylanders for Marriage Equality and Minnesotans United for All Families.

Update (4:50 p.m.): We hit the $30,000 mark!  Let’s keep raising for Washington–the new goal is $32,000.

What you can do to pass marriage equality in Washington:

1. Contribute to the campaign to approve marriage equality in Washington, via ActBlue.

2. Volunteer to make calls to voters in Washington.

3. Sign up to travel to Washington and help get out the vote! Courage Campaign is arranging out-of-state caravans and travel assistance is available.

 

 

11 Comments

  • 1. _BK_  |  October 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

    *Brad Pitt, you mean. Not Brat Pitt. 🙂

  • 2. Straight Ally #3008  |  October 31, 2012 at 10:47 am

    The news from Maryland really depresses me. I think our best hopes are Washington and Maine, but I was so hoping for 3-1 or a sweep.

  • 3. Mike in Baltimore  |  October 31, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    OpinionWorks is not the most respected polling firm in Maryland, and is known to 'tailor' the result to what the sponsoring organization wants. It also usually only polls for GOTP leaning candidates and/or organizations. Since 'The Sun' was purchased by the Chicago Tribune, it has gone from an unbiased organization to one more and more reflecting GOTP issues (one of many reasons I've stopped reading it, in print or online).

    'The Sun' wants a horse race, so that is what OpinionWorks delivered in the poll it took for 'The Sun'.

  • 4. Anthony  |  October 31, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    The wording on the ballot was not the same as the one asked in the poll. Just saying. Wording makes all the difference.

  • 5. Straight Supporter  |  October 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    "Every child has the right to have a mother and father."

    This is such an empty statement. Why does a child have this right? Does a child also have a right to a grandmother and grandfather? What if they are dead. What if the father dies before they are born, have their rights been violated? Every child has a right to be cared for, but to extend this that it must even be the biological parents is b/s. If the above statement is true, then we must get rid of adopted parents, after all, the child has a right to their mother and father. Adopting the child is depriving them of their right. Giving a child up for adoption is depriving the child of the right to you as their parent.

  • 6. Gregory in SLC  |  October 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Indeed! I want to know how does preventing me and my husband getting legally married increase or decrease number of children with father and mother? Too bad the many hear the ad and vote against us to seemingly "protect the children" : (

  • 7. Mike in Baltimore  |  October 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    When I was 2-1/2 and my brother was 3-1/2, our father died.

    More than eight years later, our mother remarried, but less than 5 months later, our first step-father died, then six months later, his daughter was born.

    Almost four years later, our mother married again. My sister was more than 3-1/2 years old before she had a 'living, breathing father' in the house.

    Does that mean my brother, sister and I had ALL our rights taken away because we didn't have a 'living, breathing 'biological' father' in the house?

  • 8. ha ha ha Jack Myswag  |  November 3, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Brat Pitt …. so the kids are donating now?

    Leave it in there, it’s funny.

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