No on Prop 8I learned about this news via Dr. B , who also writes about an example of the politicking in favor of Prop 8: efforts by pro-8 supporters to shake down businesses who have contributed to Equality California.
Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.
Marriage is a civil rights issue. Voting no on 8 (or voting against any effort to roll back or prevent same-sex couples from legally marrying) protects individuals' rights to marry the partner of their choice. Voting no on 8 protects our families (which exist whether or not the law recognizes them).
See Lesbian Dad for a series of awesome posts about what it's like to be a politically active California lesbian family. (Donations to No on 8 through Lesbian Dad's fundraising efforts have topped $10K! making a real contribution to getting No on 8 ads on the airwaves.) Think about this from the point of view of gay and lesbian families with kids old enough to follow the news, or from the point of view of straight parents with older gay kids. As Lesbian Dad put it, we "cannot protect our children from legally sanctioned homophobia." We cannot protect our children from the hateful lies that yes on 8 ads are spreading about our families, and our families effect on our communities.
But if we beat back proposition 8, it will be a profound moment for the LGBTQ civil rights movement. There will be three states in which same-sex marriage is possible, and three states in which courts have ruled that civil unions are not equal to marriage. There will be a major victory in preventing efforts to limit our equal rights.
You can contribute to Equality California to protect marriage equality (and see their latest ad, made possible with donations) or contribute to No on 8.
I'm a one-issue blogger this week, it seems. But it's hard to think about writing about much else when I think about California voters choosing whether to strip families like mine of legal protection. It's hard to think about writing about much else when I consider how it just feels safer to raise my own child in a world where marriage equality is spreading.