Contribute Now to Marriage Equality Troops

by Patrick Milliner


Through my own efforts to defeat prop 8 last year, I visited 49 high school Gay-Straight-Alliance groups from around the Inland Empire to talk about why it was important to vote NO on prop 8 and encouraged those teens to talk to their parents, families and friends about the issue. With nearly 800 high school students, teachers, family members and friends, we walked to 129,000 doors in the Inland Empire. We conducted polls in several neighborhoods in these cities in August and found that we were losing at an average of 80%-20%. In October, after several weeks of working on these neighborhoods, new polls showed that we had closed the gap and were only losing by no more tan 58%-42%. Personally, I had received verbal commitments for a "No" vote from 507 voters who would have otherwise voted yes on proposition 8.

We were responsible for more than 2,000 new voter registrations in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles counties. After a few weeks, the No on Prop 8 Campaign hired me as a field organizer for the Inland Empire region and I had been interviewed by the New York Times, among other local newspapers and media groups.

I scheduled 26 rallies in 20 cities here and collected a contact list of about 10,300 supporters. At these rallies, we worked together through exhaustion, sweat, tears and bullying, but in no way were any of these compared to the amount of support we had received. Often, supporters were so excited to see us at intersections in their neighborhoods and cities. They would stop by with so much excitement and hold up their brand-new just made homemade signs, saying that they had seen us on their way home from school or work.

I want to do the same thing in Maine. If you help send me to Maine, I will put all of my energy into defeating question 1. I will change voters minds on the issue and raise awareness about the negative aspects of voting yes on question 1. If you would be able to donate $5, $10, $50 or more, YOU will also be responsible for making history. It will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Patrick Milliner

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