Lifted from florahart
's journal. Dunno how many of my small audience are in CA, but, this bears repeating because, DAMN PEOPLE, ALL LOVE IS LOVE. Anyway, onward:
It's looking like Proposition 8 on the California ballot might pass next Tuesday. In part, this is because many people are really confused about what a "yes" and "no" means.
A "yes" vote, for the way this proposition is written, would abolish equal marriage rights for gay people in California. It would invalidate the over 11,000 marriages between same-sex couples that have taken place since the state's supreme court ruled that they had to right to marry, just like everyone else. Folks may think a yes vote means to keep marriage available; this is a trick someone in my state likes to use to give his insane ballot measures a better chance of passing: write them so the voter has to diagram the sentence to work out which way is which.
If you live in CA or know people who live there, urge them to vote "NO" on Prop. 8, because everyone deserves the right to marry the person that he or she loves, and because regardless of statements made by many anti-gay-marriage politicians and others (and believed by no small percentage of voters), there is no legal provision besides marriage that comes anywhere especially close to creating an equal legal status; it is only possible to come sort of close by throwing a lot of money at lawyers for documents that cobble together into a jumbled legal standing for one's partner and one's shared parenting rights--and even then, how close you can come varies widely by state.
And, because it can't hurt: copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that equal marriage rights for all people hurts it somehow.