Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I am really asking for your help.

I'm gonna be bothersome until I get some action... that sounds wrong. What I mean is that I know times are hard, but next time I see you I will personally buy you a beer or a magazine or a value meal or whatever your lousy five bucks would have gone to, if you'll just go to my fundraising page and donate it instead. It ain't about the benjamins, it's about the involvement. It will do you good. If you wanna donate more than five bucks that's good too.

http://www.actblue.com/page/erikaseven

This is a really big deal, you guys.... CA voters are on the fence and following the money. We can't outspend the opposition but we can get some airtime and use it where it makes the most difference. It is so important to show the world that equal marriage doesn't break down traditional families, it just protects the rights of non-traditional ones.

http://www.actblue.com/page/erikaseven

There are couples in CA who've been married three times now.... once "just for themselves", at a time when they thought they'd never be able to marry legally; once in 2004 when Gavin Newsom first legalized gay marriage in SF; and once this year, after the historic court decision that came from Mayor Newsom's act of courage. We have to make sure that these families finally retain this basic right, their own pursuit of happiness.

http://www.actblue.com/page/erikaseven

One such couple was Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin. A committed, loving couple since Valentine's Day 1953, Phyllis and Del were groundbreakers who dedicated their lives to each other and to activism. Mayor Newsom married them 51 years after they moved in together; they were first of the 2004 equal marriages. When the courts took that marriage away while the cases were tried, Phyllis said, "Del is 83 years old and I am 79. After being together for more than 50 years, it is a terrible blow to have the rights and protections of marriage taken away from us. At our age, we do not have the luxury of time."

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When the California Supreme Court finalized its decision, Mayor Newsom asked these ladies to once again be the first to receive the endowments of legal marriage under the law. Graciously, though now 87 and 83, they accepted again and made their way to City Hall. They were married on June 16, 2008, under the eyes of God and man. Sadly, Del passed away on August 27, 2008, from complications of a fracture. Phyllis, her wife, was at her side, as she had been throughout their 55 years together.

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We should be so happy for them that, when Phyllis lost her partner, they were married under and protected by the law. We should be so horrified for them that a group of people claiming the mantle of God's authority would work so very hard, and spend so much money, to take that away from them. We should be driven to make sure that equal protection under the law is not taken away again. These are people's lives and families, this is for real. We have to help.

http://www.actblue.com/page/erikaseven

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