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My husband lost his job a few months ago and we are nearing the end of our "cushion".  We are getting to the point that we might have to borrow money from a parent.  Oh, and he's in his forties and I'm in my late 30s.  That is nothing short of embarrassing.

However, since we already donated the maximum to Obama when things were doing well, I think that I still have an obligation to counter some of the more destructive measures on the ballot this fall.

Today it was $50 for No on Proposition 8.

That's gonna hurt.  But it's a good hurt.

I lived in California for a few years so propositions, in my view, are still my business.  Especially since I view California as the last liberal haven before I would need to leave the country to find an area compatible with my "radical" beliefs.

Northern California historically has been the most tolerant, open minded place I've lived, and I've lived in several areas.  And I'm a stauch supporter of reproductive rights, and I believe that California is the only state to receive an A+ rating by NARAL, I believe.  So, logically I should be spending my nearly last $50 fighting Proposition 4.

But I just can't abide the idea that California is close to including discrimination into its Constitution, and so, as a married heterosexual person, I feel that I have a moral obligation to skip lunch for the next couple of weeks and donate.

For people who appear to be afraid that Prop 8 will "corrupt the childryyn"...No on 8 has a good summary of the myths about Proposition 8.  Pass it around to everyone you know.

Facts v. Fiction
Don’t be misled. Watch our ad to learn the why Californians oppose Prop 8.

Proposition 8 puts discrimination into our Constitution. It would inject government into private lives. It undermines equal protections under our laws.

Here’s what’s fiction and what’s fact:

Fiction: Prop 8 doesn’t discriminate against gays.

Fact: Prop 8 is simple: it eliminates the rights for same-sex couples to marry. Prop 8 would deny equal protections and write discrimination against one group of people—lesbian and gay people—into our state constitution.

Fiction: Teaching children about same-sex marriage will happen here unless we pass Prop 8.

Fact: Not one word in Prop 8 mentions education, and no child can be forced, against the will of their parents, to be taught anything about health and family issues at school. California law prohibits it, and the Yes on 8 campaign knows they are lying. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley has already ruled that this claim by Prop 8 proponents is "false and misleading." The Orange County Register, traditionally one of the most conservative newspapers in the state, says this claim is false. So do lawyers for the California Department of Education.

Fiction: Churches could lose their tax-exemption status.

Fact: Nothing in Prop 8 would force churches to do anything. In fact, the court decision regarding marriage specifically says "no religion will be required to change its religious policies or practices with regard to same-sex couples, and no religious officiant will be required to solemnize a marriage in contravention of his or her religious beliefs."

Fiction: A Massachusetts case about a parent’s objection to the school curriculum will happen here.

Fact: Unlike Massachusetts, California gives parents an absolute right to remove their kids and opt-out of teaching on health and family instruction they don’t agree with. The opponents know that California law already covers this and Prop 8 won’t affect it, so they bring up an irrelevant case in Massachusetts.

Fiction: Four Activist Judges in San Francisco...

Fact: Prop 8 is not about courts and judges, it’s about eliminating a fundamental right. Judges didn’t grant the right, the constitution guarantees the right. Proponents of Prop 8 use an outdated and stale argument that judges aren’t supposed to protect rights and freedoms. This campaign is about whether Californians, right now, in 2008 are willing to amend the constitution for the sole purpose of eliminating a fundamental right for one group of citizens.

Fiction: People can be sued over personal beliefs.

Fact: California’s laws already prohibit discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. This has nothing to do with marriage.

Fiction: Pepperdine University supports the Yes on 8 campaign.

Fact: The university has publicly disassociated itself from Professor Richard Peterson of Pepperdine University, who is featured in the ad, and has asked to not be identified in the Yes on 8 advertisements.

Fiction: Unless Prop 8 passes, CA parents won’t have the right to object to what their children are taught in school.

Fact: California law clearly gives parents and guardians broad authority to remove their children from any health instruction if it conflicts with their religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Regardless of how you feel about the issue, we should not eliminate fundamental rights for ANY Californians. Please vote NO on Prop 8.

Can't you miss a couple of lunches too for some of these anti-civil rights initiatives?

Originally posted to Janusdog on Tue Oct 21, 2008 at 07:31 AM PDT.

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