thedarkages: (bang)
I recognize that Obama is wary of reigniting culture wars by abolishing "don't ask, don't tell." The issue cut Bill Clinton off at the knees, back in the day.

At the same time, how much more of a mandate would a newly elected president need in order to pull it off? How much more political capital would he have to have? 450 electoral votes? Seventy seats in the Senate? Twelve legions of angels?

Fact is, if Obama can't do it now, it's not going to happen.

I think that a civil rights movement the likes of which has not been seen since the sixties is necessary to change massive numbers of hearts and minds on the ground. That, or a gay billionaire who is willing to buy up every last minute of TV advertising time for the next year, Superbowl included, to accelerate that process.
thedarkages: (bang)
I just got another solicitation from the No on 8 people, this one even more desperate than the last. I had a glimmer of hope late last week when I read that the two campaigns had pulled neck and neck, but the current message says that the Yes on 8 people have raised $3 million more since then, and intend to raise another $2 million. Yes on 8 is pre-emptively buying up ad time, ensuring that if No on 8 does not amass a comparable sum immediately, there will be no way for its message to be seen.

I scare easily; I despair easily. But I don't know how this odious measure will be defeated. I can't give any more; I said it before, and then I gave some more, and now I'm back in the same place. I've volunteered for visibility efforts from tomorrow until Tuesday, but it's going to be of no use if the money doesn't appear. The bigots simply appear to have an endless supply of money.

When I think of what all this money from both sides-- perhaps it will be $70 million when all's said and done--could do for the hungry, the poor, and the sick, I despair. Even if, by some miraculous chance, 8 is defeated, an identical measure will be introduced next year, sucking up even more money.

Nonetheless, I would be remiss if I did not give the URL for donations to No on 8: https://secure.ga4.org/01/3million?source=emailb

Now would be the right time. Around the country, I have so many GLBT friends who need legal, real marriage for themselves and their partners. As my brother Matt said to me early this morning, echoing Niemöller: first they came for our friends...

Yes! No 8.

Oct. 11th, 2008 11:41 am
thedarkages: (fiend)
Just repelled a "Yes on 8" campaign worker at the door with a ringing cry of "Bigot!"

Must go to "No on 8" phone bank this week. Almost a lost cause, but gotta try.

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