Support Same-sex Marriage Equality – Vote NO on CA Prop 8

16 07 2008

On Saturday, July 12, 2008 (exactly 5 years after our commitment ceremony), my partner Julie and I went to the County Administration building, turned in the necessary paperwork, and got legally married. Unlike our commitment ceremony (we had always considered it a wedding), which had about 100 guests, there were four witnesses to our civil ceremony. We considered it a renewal of our vows, but it was so much more.

That morning, the California government declared that Julie and I were legally married. It was amazing. It was the first step towards true equality. Although I don’t need a piece of paper to tell me that we are in a committed relationship, the societal recognition was huge.

Now, we face a new hurdle. An initiative will be on this November’s ballot in California, which will challenge our marriage. Prop 8 proposes an amendment to the California Constitution stating that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized” in the state. Because of this, I ask that you vote NO on Prop 8. To learn more about the fight against this imitative and how you can help, visit Equality California’s website.

For additional information or to learn more about marriage equality issues in other states, visit the website of the HRC (Human Rights Campaign).

Hopefully, together we can defeat this imitative and take another step closer to true equality.

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