California has a huge push going to say No on Prop 8, the referendum to ban same-sex marriage. This week the first No on 8 commercial began airing on television statewide in addition to some big money donations coming in from the entertainment industry:
*Fran Dresher and her ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, co-hosted a fundraiser/cocktail party that brought in $40,000 for Love, Honor, Cherish and Equality California, two groups fighting Proposition 8.
At Tuesday night’s booking signing for Mitchell Gold & Mindy Drucker’s Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America– wow, Clay Aiken should read this book! and straight people too–No on 8 and get everyone to show at the polling place were the topics of conversation for guests like Queer As Folk‘s Steve Lowell, Crisis contributor Alec Mapa from Logo’s reality series Transamerican Love Story, and Transamerican‘s star Calpernia, who is PLFAG‘s national spokesperson.
But California isn’t the only state with ballot measure designed to allow states to govern private lives. Florida has something on the ballot that also requires a negative response: Prop 2 which is disingenously named the "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment."
Prop 2, which the Orlando Sentinel calls "a cynical attempt to bring out the conservative base in a presidential election year," not only continues to the Floridian ban on same-sex-marriages, it "declares that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."
And in Arizona, Senator McCain’s constituency, Proposition 102 intends toamend the Arizona Constitution with this addition: “Marriage – Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.”
So far ten clergy have spoken out again Prop 102, including Episcopal Bishop Kirk S. Smith who wrote:
Prop 102 has nothing to do with upholding marriage and the family — after all, everyone supports that. Rather it is a much more insidious attempt to exclude gay and lesbian partnerships from full protection under the law.