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Marriage Equality Action 
14th-Sep-2005 11:24 am
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MECAMail!(c) Marriage Equality California,
a project of Equality California Institute
www.marriageequalityca.org and www.eqca.org
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"Marriage, Anything Less Is Less Than Equal"
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Dear Marriage Equality Supporter,

WE HAVE TEN DAYS UNTIL THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL HITS THE GOVERNOR'S DESK -- TAKE ACTION NOW! Here are ways you can help.

You may have heard that the marriage equality bill passed by the California legislature last week is dead. Well, it ain't over till it's over, and the Governor hasn't vetoed it yet. We will be delivering the bill to his desk on Friday, September 23rd.

AB849 is EQCA-sponsored legislation authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno.

WE NEED YOUR HELP THROUGHOUT THE NEXT 10 DAYS TO URGE HIM TO CHANGE HIS MIND AND SIGN THIS CRITICAL CIVIL RIGHTS BILL.

There have been editorials in major newspapers all over the country condemning Governor Schwarzenegger for failing to stand behind his earlier statements in support of equal rights for same-sex couples. People throughout this state are angry and ready to take action.

WE NEED TO FOCUS ON REACHING OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN AS MANY WAYS AND IN AS MANY PLACES AS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT TEN DAYS TO HELP BUILD THE GRASSROOTS GROUNDSWELL THAT WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

Here's how you can help:

1. Forward this email to your friends.

2. Call everyone you know and ask them to call the Governor and First Lady at 916-445-2841 or 415-703-2218, send an email to governor@governor.ca.gov, or fill out the electronic comment form at http://www.govmail.ca.gov (where it asks for a subject, there's a drop-down list where you select "Gender-neutral marriage AB.\00849")

3. Come to our San Francisco office and help us get the word out to the local LGBT community by helping us to maintain a table at the corner of 18th and Castro as frequently as possible over the next 10 days. I can also connect you with chapter leaders in most counties around the state.

4. Circulate flyers and postcards to the Governor. Just send us an e-mail and we'll send them to you. Then you can make copies, go out to an area with a lot of foot traffic (preferably, but not necessarily, an area with a large progressive population), talk to people as they go by, make sure they are supportive, and ask them to call the governor right away on their cell phones. Also ask them to sign our postcards to the Governor. If you need postcards, let me know and I'll send some to you.

5. Come into our office and help us make phone calls to our supporters to urge them to call and write the Governor.

6. Write your idea here. Be creative! One of our members set up her own website at http://www.deararnold.org

7. For more information, visit our chapter website: http://www.eqca.org/site/pp.asp?c=9oINKWMCF&b=865697

Thanks for doing everything you can to gain true marriage equality in California!

Brian Davis
California Field Organizer
Equality California (EQCA)
office (415) 581-0005 ext. 6#
cell (415) 377-2804
brian@eqca.org
Comments 
14th-Sep-2005 06:48 pm (UTC) - my letter to the governator
I strongly support the Marriage Equality bill, and am disappointed in your promise to veto it.

1) President Bush and others opposed to same-sex marriage have stated that the proper place for marriage law to be created is in the legislature, not in the courts. AB849 is a valid bill passed by our current legislature. There is no good reason to veto it.

2) Prop 22 has no bearing on this bill, as it was intended to apply only to our state's recognition of marriages by other states. In addition, the bill is likely unconstitutional and may potentially be overturned in court. Using Prop 22 as a reason to veto AB849 is a flawed argument.

3) Equal rights has always been good for the economy. An influx of gay couples wishing to marry in San Francisco will bring in tourism dollars. More importantly, granting gay couples the rights and obligations of marriage will strengthen their financial position, creating more stability in an economy where many are at risk.

So are you going to be a real man and do what's right, or be a girlie-man and do the politically expedient thing?

Josh ****
San Francisco
14th-Sep-2005 06:57 pm (UTC) - calling the gov
I called the Sacramento number, 916-445-2841. It takes under 30 seconds to key in your support of AB849. DO IT NOW!.
14th-Sep-2005 10:40 pm (UTC) - Re: calling the gov
yes, and the options are 2-1-1 (for supporting AB849, that is, of course)
14th-Sep-2005 11:36 pm (UTC) - My 3c worth.
I'm precaffeinated (it's morning here) and it shows:

To veto the measure after both the Assembly and the Senate have passed it would be cowardly. There is no good, valid excuse for failing to move forward with same-sex marriage. Although domestic partnership is a step in the right direction, stopping there would be a modern-day "Let them eat cake." Please find the balls to do the right thing.

Not to put too fine a point on it or anything.

Thanks for the link.
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