Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Putting my money where my mouth is

Call it an insurance policy. We all know what road is paved with good intentions. We also know that the road to victory costs money. In a state as large as California, that means a lot of money.

Some people are so eager to "defend" marriage that they are trying to force me into an involuntary divorce. I am optimistic that the mean-spirited (or misguided, depending on how charitable I am feeling) California Proposition 8 will fail. However, I could not look myself in the mirror if it passed and I had done nothing to oppose it.

I just contributed money to the No on Prop 8 campaign, a coalition of just about everybody against this attack on marriage equality.

When I was in college, I marched against Apartheid and went to rallies. Now that I am older and too busy to donate time, I am glad that I can still play a part. If you also are so moved, No on Prop 8 will be glad to make use of whatever time or money you have to offer. The opposition has raised almost all its money from outside California, who see this as a make-or-break moment for their retrograde beliefs. They have outraised us more than 3 to 1 and promise to spend $20 million to prevail in November. Strangely, church collections are more motivating than public radio beg-a-thons. What does that say about the Blue half of this country?

Be a part of history in the making. Take (as I have) the Starbucks matching pledge. For every dollar you spend at Starbucks (or whatever church you religiously attend), match that with a dollar to No on Prop 8. We will need a decisive victory, or this hydra will be rearing its ugly head in two years' time.

And I will, once again, be living in sin.

3 comments:

Brendan said...

Clearly, you need to print this post out and mail it to a few people.

Dan Weston said...

I can only hope that the Gaylesberati will swoop in with wads of cash if the polls start to turn around. Right now, they are possibly lulled into complacency by the highly encouraging latest Field Poll results (Sept 18), showing that opposition has risen from 52% to 55% of likely California voters, with only 7% still undecided. Let's hope that they are right!

Personally, I think that even in victory, it's important to live your beliefs. Freeloaders taking advantage of herd immunity are why we still have measles in this country.

Brendan said...

Yes, I think you're right about the poll-induced complacency. You're definitely right that these people should be ashamed for freeloading, and they shouldn't be taking things for granted. Besides, the larger the margin of victory, the more a sense of finality is conveyed. It would be nice not to have to go through this nonsense again.

Meantime, a piece of good news: the conservative San Diego Tribune has changed its tune, and now opposes Prop. 8.