October 29, 2008
In six days, voters will head to the polls across this great country to vote, among other things, for the future leadership in Pennsylvania and across America. Although most everyone will probably be relived to take a breather from the non-stop polls and pundits, this election is turning into quite a historic moment for both this country and the LGBT movement.
One of the most important issues on the ballot for LGBT Americans will be voted on in California, as voters will decide whether or not to pass Proposition 8, a measure that would eliminate the fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry in California.
From the No on 8 website,
Prop 8 is Unfair
Regardless of how you feel about this issue, we should not eliminate rights for any Californian. Prop 8 would mandate, under the laws of our state, that one group of people would be treated differently form everyone else. That’s just unfair.
Prop 8 is Wrong
Prop 8 is fueled by special interest groups that have engaged in a deceptive campaign.
The government has no business telling people who have been together for years that they can or cannot get married.
In California, we let people decide for themselves what’s best for them. We believe in the freedom to make choices without government interference. Prop 8 is wrong for California.
This is truly a historic moment for our community. Between now and election day, please spread the word to your friends and family in California and ask them all to VOTE NO on 8!
Discrimination should never be written into the constitution.
Click here for more information on Write to Marry Day!
October 1, 2008
You read that right, seventy percent of Pennsylvania voters support marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples!
New polling results released this weekend show about 70 percent of Pennsylvania voters supporting same-sex marriage or civil unions, according to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Program for Deliberative Democracy, a public opinion polling organization based at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
These results confirm recent polling data released by Susquehanna Polling and Research in February indicating that 65 percent of Pennsylvania residents support civil unions for same-sex couples while just 27 percent oppose it. Support for civil unions include 58 percent of Republicans, according to the Susquehanna poll, with just 35 percent of registered GOP voters opposing.
Pennsylvania voters are obviously ahead of their elected officials on this issue. Seventy percent– it’s very hard to get seventy percent of people to agree on anything— support equality and fairness for LGBT people and their loved ones.
The Deliberative Poll was conducted this past Saturday at Carnegie Mellon University, Slippery Rock University, Shippensburg University, and the Community College of Philadelphia and required participants to research information on the topic, hear from experts, and then answer survey questions.
For more information on the poll, click here.
August 17, 2008
Over the summer months, volunteers across the state collected thousands of letters in support of non-discrimination legislation and against the so-called “marriage protection amendment.” Before the state legislature returns to work in September, we urgently need volunteers to help sort, district, and organize these letters to show our elected officials that people from across the state stand for equality and against discrimination!
Join other fabulous activists in the Philly area for two upcoming volunteer nights:
Tuesday, August 26, 2008 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 from 5:30 – 7:30pm
As always, fantastic food, great music, and outstanding company will be provided. These two nights are super important so that we can really show our legislators that tremendous support exists across the state for non-discrimination legislation. For more information or to RSVP for one of these nights, please e-mail Jake at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (215) 731-1447 x 14.