tshuma: (equality)
It's so beautiful. I'm holding my breath--I'm so afraid that something is going to happen to rob them of this long-awaited right. Finally my friends and family are being recognized for the first-class citizens they are. Heart-breaking that I spend 20% of the energy in fretting that it won't last, but I've teared up more than once over accounts about total strangers' weddings in the sight of the state of California.......because I can't help but apply it to the people that I love.

Please, please, please, don't let us let this slip through our fingers.

Date: 2008-06-18 04:39 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mactavish.livejournal.com
I want to find a way to help, this summer, besides just donating to Equality California. I'm not sure what else can be done, but I think they're the ones to ask.

it's simple

Date: 2008-06-18 04:53 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] stoneself.livejournal.com
talk to the people you know and let them know what you think.

Re: it's simple

Date: 2008-06-18 04:56 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] mactavish.livejournal.com
That's almost entirely preaching to the choir, for me. Even my mother-in-law is a staunch defender of civil rights.

Re: it's simple

Date: 2008-06-18 04:58 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] stoneself.livejournal.com
cool.

still there's must be some people not in the choir.

Date: 2008-06-18 09:23 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] ef2p.livejournal.com
I plan to walk around pride with voter registration cards. Working hard to get as many people registered as possible.

addy!

Date: 2008-06-18 04:53 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] stoneself.livejournal.com
hey [livejournal.com profile] darkfoxprime and i need your addy for our wedding invitation.

Date: 2008-06-18 10:56 am (UTC)From: [identity profile] sk4p.livejournal.com
Things that could go wrong:

- CA could pass a state constitutional amendment.

That's going to require signatures, lots of them (I dunno the exact details for CA), and every one of them will have to be verified by state officials (who for the most part, from what I've read, are not sympathetic to banning gay marriage), and then a referendum would have to happen.

- The USA could pass a federal constitutional amendment.

For all that the GOP's been talking about this for a few years, possibly even less likely. Amending the Constitution is a slow and arduous process on any subject that's even remotely divisive. It would take so much effort that even as anti-gay forces work to gain the needed 3/4 of the states, the forces of progress would be working to prevent it and probably succeeding. A whole lot of moderate Americans would suddenly be mobilized by the simple idea of "Don't put discrimination in the Constitution."

These possibilities are sadly not out of the question, but they're difficult enough that if they happen, myself, I'd begin to consider violent revolution ...

Date: 2008-06-18 01:31 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] darkfoxprime.livejournal.com
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Unfortunately, the initiative to amend the state constitution has already been validated for the november ballot. The likelihood of it passing is really up in the air right now; various polls find it winning by 60% or losing by 55%. It all seems to depend on which demographic gets out and votes.

Date: 2008-06-18 02:09 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] bk2w.livejournal.com
- CA could pass a state constitutional amendment.

It's really note clear that the amendment would even work as intended, if it were to pass. The Marriage Cases decision included a finding that sexual orientation is a 'suspect classification' much like race or gender, and neither the legislature nor the people can easily redefine that. So the initiative may end up being ruled unconstitutional even if it does pass.

The part that pisses me off about the whole controversy is the assertion by the GOP and others that we must do what the majority of people want, regardless of the consequences.

Date: 2008-06-18 02:42 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cos
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I predict that the amendment will fail.

However, it is going to be on the ballot, and if you care about it, consider going more than just voting. Help organize. Volunteer and canvass if there's an organization starting that up.

In Massachusetts, we beat off our two amendments (yes, there were two in a row) by electing legislators who would vote against them, because a ballot question in MA needs to be approved by the legislature first. If it has enough signatures, it only needs 25% in the legislature, so it was a tough bar, but we did it. It definitely took a lot of work.

I'm excited too.

Date: 2008-06-18 06:21 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] summergrrl.livejournal.com
My sister's MIL sent out homemade invitations so quickly they forgot to include the date- three weeks out! I think there seem to be a lot of good things starting to happen lately. ;)

Re: I'm excited too.

Date: 2008-06-18 06:23 pm (UTC)From: [identity profile] summergrrl.livejournal.com
I think I stole your icon. You just looked so darn good in it....

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