Tuesday, August 12, 2008

PFLAG Votes: 5 Fights We Must Win

Even though much of the press and attention surrounding the November elections has been focused on the race for the White House, there are five critical, state (and local) initiatives on ballots across the country that are immensely important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and our allies. Winning these ballot initiatives in November is critical.

Progressive Victory has put together a synopsis of all five fights, along with a history of each fight and more information on local and statewide organizations that working to turn out fair-minded voters in November.

The 5 key ballot battles are:

1. Arizona's Proposition 102, which would declare that, "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Arizona."

2. The Arkansas Adoption and Foster Care Act, which would prevent unmarried individuals or couples who cohabit in the state from adopting children or caring for them as foster parents.

3. California's Proposition 8, which states that, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

4. Florida's Amendment 2, which would modify the constitution to state that, "Inasmuch as arriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized." The Florida amendment would forbid not only marriage, but also domestic partnership recognition for committed same-sex couples in the state.

5. The Montgomery County, Maryland ballot initiative that would repeal a measure that added gender identity to the county's existing civil rights law.

It is imperative that voters vote NO on the first four measures - and YES in Montgomery County, and stop these divisive attempts roll-back protections, rights and equality for LGBT families.

For more information on these initiatives, read Progressive Victory's full report online.

1 comment:

Chino Blanco said...

Considering that ProtectMarriage.com has decided NOT to appeal the ballot language, what chance do you really see for Prop 8 to pass? I just don’t see a majority of Californians voting YES on a proposition titled ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY.

Once the churches realize that Prop 8 is an almost guaranteed loser, are they going to do the right thing and let their members know?

If not, what happens after Prop 8 loses 40-60 (or worse), and then the members find out that the churches were privy all along to internal polling that predicted a crushing defeat? Do the members get their money back?

Or do they get stuck paying for ads that were run by a campaign that knew it was going to lose but ran them anyway!