by Unknown | 11/02/2008 01:41:00 PM your vote against Prop. 8, if you're in California.

Gay rights is the civil rights battle of our time. Samuel L. Jackson explains why, in words certain to appeal to historians:

Polls show the Prop. 8 campaign to be maddeningly close. What will happen if the proposition passes? Texas Dem explains:

If Prop 8 passes it will remove the equal marriage rights that the California Supreme Court extended this summer to gay people. If we lose California the entire cause of gay civil equality nationwide gets set back by 15 years or so. It's possible that New York might push forward anyway, I don't know, but the general argument is that ten or twelve states that might be reachable in the next ten years will not come if we lose in California.

I'm late to the party on this, and it's too late to meaningfully help the campaign with money, but there are other things you can do to help defeat Prop. 8 even at this late date. Most of them involve contacting people you know in California and helping get voters to the polls. Check out this page to see what the campaign needs, and help destroy one of the worst systemic inequalities in this country.

[Update] For more, check out our own Pico's post on this.




Blogger Ross Levin on 11/02/2008 3:19 PM:

Another interesting and important ballot initiative there is Prop 11, which would give the responsibility of redistricting to a panel of 5 Dems, 5 Reps, and 5 indies/other.

I would vote yes on that one.


Blogger Unknown on 11/02/2008 4:13 PM:

Absolutely! Nonpartisan redistricting is a fantastic idea and has worked very well in the states where it's been tried.