I read the most recent Prop 8 poll and saw that 7% of people are undecided and I thought, after $25 million dollars has been spent on incendiary television ads? Who's still undecided?
And then I realized: it's probably my friends, waiting to see where I fall on the issue so they'll know how to vote.
Well, I've had a chance to study the campaign literature, and after careful analysis, I've decided to throw my weight behind the <href=>NoonProp8.com campaign. You're probably wondering, does he have his reasons? I do. You're also probably wondering, does he have ten of them? I do. I try to stay ahead of your wondering. It's not easy. You wonder so much!
But here you go:
10. If marriage in CA is abolished, my boyfriend Adam and I will have to have some sort of Wiccan/Druid ceremony, and I don't know how much you know about gay Wiccan/Druid ceremonies but they're always destination in nature, either to Stonehenge or Easter Island. Ex-pen-sive.
9. Alternately, we'll have to move back to England, where it is legal. London? Also an expensive flight. And the food! You'll have flown all this way and you'll have to eat our bad British wedding food, pretend you understood the heavily accented ceremony, and dance to afterparty music from Oliver! and Mary Poppins. Your choice, but really...
8. Ability to say you were on the right side of history! There are scads of people who were on the wrong side of racial integration. Really nice people who genuinely thought black people and white people shouldn't drink from the same fountain. Ah, hindsight. Well, I'm here as the voice of hindsight. In 30 years, saying you voted for Prop 8 will be like saying you thought Sanjaya Malakar had "a certain something." It'll empty a room.
7. The laws of marriage have been changed before. It used to be illegal to get a divorce. It also used to be illegal to marry someone outside your race. We also used to feed people to lions. Times change! Civilization advances!
6. Church and state stay separated, just like the Founding Fathers wanted it! Those religions pushing to pass this measure - and that's pretty much everyone behind it - are attempting to legislate their beliefs. This is a civil rights issue. No religion will be forced to perform a ceremony it doesn't want to. Their tax status will not be affected. Church and state stay separated. By voting no, you're really saying, "Yes, Thomas Jefferson. Yes, Benjamin Franklin." It's like you're adding your very own signature to the Constitution!
5. Society as we know it will not collapse. Promise. Massachusetts has allowed gay couples to marry for years now; it's still there. To quote my father, "Gays wanna marry each othah, how does it affect me? Who cay-ahs?"
4. It won't change what's taught in schools. That's a fear tactic. But let's for a moment say that it did. Just because someone is told (gasp!) that it's okay to be gay, it won't make him or her gay. Do you think you're heterosexual because no one told you being gay was okay? Or does it feel more right to say that you ended up heterosexual because...maybe you started out heterosexual?
3. Wiccan/Druid ceremony couples exclusively register at Tiffanys. Very expensive. I forgot that part earlier.
2. Ability to say, "I made a difference." This one goes especially to you out-of-staters. You know how you're always telling me, "Jon, your state is so powerful. I wish (insert your smaller state) had even close to the same number of electoral votes. I just do! But since it doesn't, I wish I had some say in influencing your state's ballot issues. I wonder if there's a way for me to do that?", and I tune out a little, because there you go, wondering again? Well, this time, I am tuned in to your concerns, and I have found a solution for you. You? Are welcome.
And the number one reason:
1. Love is love. It's two people who love each other and want to commit to loving each other for the rest of their lives. At the end of the day, it's that simple.
So here's the ask. If you live in CA, please make sure to vote on Tuesday, and please vote no on Proposition 8. Regardless of where you live, please, please consider donating to this campaign. You can give up to $50,000, but I'm not asking for that much today. I'm asking for the minimum. $5. Times are tight, but $5 is doable. If you've budgeted more this year for Civil Rights, by all means, give $10 or more. But every dollar helps. Really.
Right now it's ALL about the ads on TV, and these last few days are crucial. The campaign will be won or lost based on these 30 second ads, and the truth is that the other side - funded in large part by the Mormon Church - simply has more ads running. More money = more ads.
Considering reasons 10, 9 and 3 above, wouldn't it clearly be cheaper just to donate $5 in the "Contribute" window up above? Do you have the first idea how to dress for Easter Island?
The number of people donating also sends a message. Please. It only takes a few seconds.
This is a personal appeal. Adam and I have been together for almost two years, and china patterns aren't out of the realm of possibility. So please don't take away this right from us. Please help us fight for it.
Jon and Adam
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