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From the LJ of jmarquiso [01 Sep 2005|02:23pm]

[ mood | Proud to be a Californian! ]

MECAMail!© Marriage Equality California,
a project of Equality California Institute
www.marriageequalityca.org and www.eqca.org
"Marriage, Anything Less Is Less Than Equal"
The California State Senate just passed AB 849, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, thereby becoming the first legislative body ever in the United States to do so!

Come party tonight with Equality California/Marriage Equality California and BAYMEC, to celebrate this first step to true equality here in California.
(Yes, I know it's short notice, but spontaneous works sometimes!)

Here's the scoop:

Where: DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda in San Jose
When: 6:00pm

Bring your own champagne!
And while you're at the DeFrank Center, check out the Spouses for Life exhibit.

Contact me at 408-592-7315 with any questions. Please do not contact me to express regrets.

Spread the word, wish I could be there!

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My High-School Club [13 Sep 2004|07:56pm]

[ mood | dutiful ]

Greetings to everybody! My name is Paul.

I am starting a club at the highschool called "the String-BEAN club." (its acronym for "Student-Body club of Equality and Awareness, Now!") I come to you with this:

What are some things this club can do? I have thought alot about it...but would like some ideas. I know that this club would be a forum of open discussion on issues effecting the world and local community. I know that this club would take action to create awareness issues and to create a better community. I know we would watch, listen, and read important a progressive materials, then discuss them.

But I would like some ideas. What are some good things to discuss? I know already that GLBT rights, women's rights, political propaganda, ecological and environmental issues, the war on terror, and civil rights will be on the agenda. What are some places/things we can get a hold of to spark discussion/action? We will protest, demonstrate, perform publically to create awareness of anything we choose to participate in. I really want to take the minds of the members to a new level of global awareness, because its hard to maintain this kind of worldly vision living in this white, neo-con suburb in which we live. (Anaheim Hills, California)

Any information/ideas would be GRATELY appreciated!

Thank you very much!
the String-BEAN club of Canyon High

(x-posted all over the place)

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A Tangible Way to Support Equality [30 Jul 2004|08:35am]

[ mood | resolute ]


I'm writing to let you know about a web site that lets you make contributions to help defend marriage rights in Massachusetts -- SupportEquality.org

Massachusetts is the battleground on which our right to marry will stand or fall: If we hold on to our rights there we stand a good chance of extending them to other states, and eventually to the federal level. If we are rolled back it could be a generation before we have another chance.

The next big test will be the Massachusetts Legislature's vote in 2005 on the constitutional amendment that was passed in March by just five votes. Republican Governor Mitch Romney has reportedly raised more than $1 million to finance Republican challengers to the courageous legislators who voted with us. If he succeeds it will be very difficult to block the amendment in the legislature. That will mean an extremely divisive 2006 popular vote, with an uncertain outcome.

Some of the keenest minds in Massachusetts politics have gotten together over the past few months to analyze more than 100 legislative races. Races in which the incumbent is safe were set aside. Races in which both incumbent and challenger are on the same side of the marriage issue -- for or against -- were also discarded. They ended up identifying a small number of competitive races in which a friendly incumbent is threatened or an unfriendly incumbent is vulnerable. Those are the races in which our contributions can have the most impact. They also identified a handful of effective organizations working in this field -- MassEquality.org and political action committees that will support friendly candidates who are not comfortable being visible on our website.

I was asked to help develop a web site that would help people easily make on line contributions to the key candidates and organizations. (The look and feel was by talented designers but I'm responsible for the technical innards.) That site is SupportEquality.org.

If you care about same-sex marriage I invite you to visit the site and make the largest donation that you can. The limit is $500 per candidate or PAC, but there is no limit on donations to the excellent 501(c)(3) group that has coordinated the issue in Massachusetts -- MassEquality.

No part of your donation goes to the people who set up SupportEquality -- this is an all-volunteer enterprise. Please feel free to pass this message along to like minded friends and lists.



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Beautifully illustrating a quote from Francesca Lia Block's DANGEROUS ANGELS [26 Feb 2004|10:46am]


any love that is love is right.
francesca lia block
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From Salon.com [26 Feb 2004|10:37am]

[ mood | optimistic ]

"The Winter of Love" (excerpts) by Joan Walsh:

Feb. 26, 2004 | San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom "looked like the cat who ate the canary," Supervisor Tom Ammiano recalls, at a hastily convened private meeting Feb. 10. That's when Newsom told Ammiano, who'd run against him for mayor last November, about his plan to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and asked for Ammiano's support.

"I'm fucking delighted!" the stand-up comic turned politician told the new mayor. Almost two weeks later, Ammiano was still beaming. City Hall had become a giant wedding chapel; just outside Ammiano's door, same-sex couples were being married in the glorious rotunda, on balconies and landings, in a dozen quiet nooks all over the building. And the national gay-rights leader was at a rare loss for words to describe the scene. "It's just so, so ... so queer!" he says finally. "But I think he's unleashed something that's bigger than all of us."
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Mmm, sarcasm.... [25 Feb 2004|08:15pm]

[ mood | amused ]

12 reasons why gay people should not be allowed to get married:

1. Homosexuality is not natural, much like eyeglasses, polyester, and birth

2. Heterosexual marriages are valid because they produce children. Infertile
couples and old people can't legally get married because the world needs
more children.

3. Obviously, gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents
only raise straight children.

4. Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage is allowed,
since Britney Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage was meaningful.

5. Heterosexual marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at
all; women are property, blacks can't marry whites, and divorce is illegal.

6. Gay marriage should be decided by people, not the courts, because the
majority-elected legislatures, not courts, have historically protected the
rights of the minorities.

7. Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the
values of one religion are imposed on the entire counrty. That's why we have
only one religion in America.

8. Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that
hanging around tall people will make you tall.

9. Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy
behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal
standing and can sign a marriage contract.

10. Children can never suceed without a male and a female role model at
home. That's why single parents are forbidden to raise children.

11. Gay marriage will change the foundation of society. Heterosexual
marriage has been around for a long time, and we could never adapt to new
social norms because we haven't adapted to things like cars or longer

12. Civil unions, providing most of the same benefits as marriage with a
different name are better, because a "separate but equal" institution is
always constitutional. Separate schools for African-Americans worked just as
well as seperate marriages for gays and lesbians

(This was taken from iamthewalrusx's post to the Francesca Lia Block community today 2/25/04)

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A pithy statement from Wil Wheaton. [25 Feb 2004|06:17pm]

[ mood | proud of loving Wil Wheaton! ]

"An interesting thing has happened since San Francisco started granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples: my marriage is just fine!

That's right. Even though there are thousands of gay and lesbian couples affirming their love for each other, my marriage -- my affirmation of love and commitment to Anne -- isn't threatened at all. As a matter of fact, the only people who can really "threaten" my marriage are . . . well . . . the two of us. "

You can get more details from branwynelf's lj here.

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cross-posted here from my personal LJ [18 Feb 2004|07:32pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

From Thomas' journal today:
(translation: an excerpt from blark's LJ from 2-17-04)

"Thomas makes a public service announcement.
Just a reminder...

Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Article 1 - All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 7- All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 16 - (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Narrow-mindedness makes the baby Jesus cry."

It seems totally silly to me about this whole anti gay marriage business. I mean, like heteros as a whole are really doing the world of marriage any justice...I mean, hello Brittany Spears? Yeah, that was taking the "solemn sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman" ever so seriously.
There are a lot of people I know who really honor and value marriage. Some are still married, and some, after some agonizing decision-making have decided to end that union. But I think the divorce rate in the US is something like 48-50%! Some of that is real irreconcilable differences, but far too much of it these days is "trial marriages" or people who marry for money, or without much forethought. Too many people in our society make a ockery of these "solemn vows."

To quote Law and Order from the other night about gay marriage: "Let 'em marry, they deserve to be as miserable as the rest fo us!"

I guess short story long, I couldn't possibly imagine homosexuals "violating the sanctity of marriage" any more than 50% of the marrying hetero population.
And my question is, and always has been WHY???

Why can't gay people marry.
I want a real reason.
One that has no basis in religion since this is a STATE issue and as we all know this country has a separation of church and state.
But taking away religious ramifications, taking away that "we just don't like them" bullshit...I don't think there is a realistic reason to prohibit two consenting adults who are not blood relations from marrying.
(btw, you can marry your first cousin in the Catholic Church, but not a committed parter of the same gender. How fucked up is that?)

Anyway, thats my two cents (and blark's too)

I would like to say, as a native-born Californian who has lived within sight of The City for most her life, I have never been prouder of San Francisco ever in my life.
You do Emperor Norton proud, SF. I am sure he would support your efforts to bring equality to all, and to lead the entire country in such progressive thinking!
Thank you, San Francisco.

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Showing support... [17 Feb 2004|06:04pm]

[ mood | excited ]

Marriage is love.
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