Proposition 8 is a measure currently on the ballot in the State of California which is helping set the stage for human rights around the world. The Proposition would state that "only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California" and would effectively ban gay marriage in the state if passed on November 4th, 2008. There are a handful of initiatives such as Protect Marriage.com which encourage voters to vote for the proposition in efforts to have it pass. Lori Hahn of HahnAtHome.com recently came face to face with what she calls ‘paper spam’ from one of these initiatives on her car and decided to ask her readers for ideas on how to thwart their efforts. She herself tried to reach out to the organization who distributed the flyers for more information on their plans. Hahn is a lesbian blogger who resides in California and feels that “by passing the anti-gay marriage amendment in California, they (proponents of Prop 8) are doing the very thing, that if done to them, would send them into civil unrest”.
Like Hahn, other gay and lesbian bloggers have become vocal about striking down the proposition and some have organized a civil protest against Proposition 8 while simultaneously showing support for a major corporation who recently joined the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
Fellow lesbian mom bloggers Paula Brooks of Queen of The Surf Pirates, and Julie Phineas of Lesbian Mommy have initiated an “LGBT Community Call to Action” in efforts to strike down the measure by encouraging all members of the LGBT community and those who support them to "get out and about" in their community every weekend until Election Day. The bloggers are hoping to "Personalize Prop 8 Across the State" with these efforts, encouraging the community to participate in everyday activities out in the community, rather than staying at home or indoors over the weekend. The number one recommended way they are suggesting the community get visible? Visit their local McDonalds.
The initiative is hoping to use the popularity and support of McDonald’s as a common ground for those who are for the measure to interact in daily life with those in the community that the measure would affect.
Here is the statement released by lesbian mom blogger Julie Phineas in regards to the official LGBT Community Call to Action:
With 8 weeks to go until Proposition 8 comes to a vote in the State of California, in effort to strike down the measure we call all members of the LGBT community and their supporters to take action with us!
We need your help to put a face on the lives of those that this proposition affects!! Help us to ‘get visible’ and let our presence as upstanding citizens of this world be seen by all. We need to raise awareness amongst all citizens of the good State of California of the need to stand up for equal rights by vowing to Vote NO on Prop 8 on the up and coming Election Day, November 4, 2008. We call all who support equality and fairness to help us "Personalize Prop 8 across the State!"
You can join us in taking action every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) from now until Election Day on November 4th, to “get out and about” in your community!
The idea behind this LGBT Community Call to Action is to put a familiar face on the LGBT community and give those in the heterosexual community a chance to interact in daily life with those that the measure would directly affect.
Here are Some Ideas for What to Do Over the Weekends :
• The number one recommended way to become more visible on your community is to visit your local McDonald’s one day each weekend until Election Day, November 4th. McDonald’s is a highly recognized and popular business that is located in most communities across the state, country, and planet! Many locations offer a McDonald’s Play Land if you have children, plus you can find many choices on their menu to fit your lifestyle and budget. McDonald’s is a corporation who has recently shown their support to the LGBT community by joining the NGLCC. Visiting your local McDonald’s over the weekend is a great way to get highly visible in your community, and is one way that we can show support for a corporation that supports our community!
• The next way you can become more visible in the fight against Prop 8 is to get out and about in other ways such as attending birthday parties and weddings, going to the mall or movies, taking your laundry to the laundry mat, walking your pets, grocery shopping, or take your kids to the park. Visit straight friends and family members and tell them why you are making it a point to get out and about, and let them know how important their vote is to you this Election Day. You could even just drive, ride your bike, roller skate, or just go for a walk around your neighborhood!
• Take it to the next level! Purchase “No on Prop 8” tools and merchandise to wear while you are out and about in the community or hanging out at McDonald’s. You can put a bumper sticker on your car (or window decal), wear a No on Prop 8 t-shirt (men’s here and women’s here), or a No on Prop 8 button.
• Want to take it even further? Report your experience from the weekend or your visit to McDonald’s on social news websites like iReport or on your personal blog! Download the NO on 8 ToolKit here for good examples.
Even if you don’t live in California or are not a member of the LGBT community, you can still help in the fight to strike down Proposition 8 on Election Day!
You don’t have to be married or planning to get married to vote for freedom, equality, and fairness for all by voting NO on Proposition 8. Everyone can and should support equality for all in any way that they can… it could be your rights that are up for debate one day! We are all in this together.
Here Are the Ways That You Can Help:
• In California – Visit your local McDonald’s to show your support for our efforts every weekend until Election Day. You can let us know about your pledge to Vote No on Prop 8 by utilizing the tools mentioned above, and/or reporting your experience on iReport or on your personal blog. Above all else make sure that you register to vote and Vote NO on Proposition 8 on Election Day, November 4th.
• All Over the U.S.– Sign the Million for Marriage petition by clicking the banner below:
• Around the World - Voice your opinion about gay rights and let’s open up the conversation to discuss equality worldwide. Comment and discuss the issue on your favorite social networking websites, message boards, or even write your local newspaper. You can also join the fight in our efforts to strike down Prop 8 by joining the NO on Prop 8 web pages on MySpace and FaceBook.
Wherever you are, please pass this message on!
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Every vote counts, and every vote matters...
The call to action was reportedly sent via email to gay and lesbian bloggers across the internet, gay and lesbian centers in the State of California, as well as known celebrity gays and lesbians. The message was also posted on gay and lesbian social networking websites and major social news portals as well.
McDonald’s was notified of the call to action, though they are not an official sponsor of the event.
More information on the efforts of the lesbian bloggers to call the LGBT community to action can be found at www.Lesbiatopia.com.
The original call to action was posted by Julie Phineas on lesbianmommy.blogspot.com.
The website for the official campaign against Proposition 8 is http://www.noonprop8.com/home.