Everybody’s doing it. Whether you live in California or not, you know that Proposition 8 is on the November ballot — an effort by anti-gay groups to overturn the right of same-sex couples to marry. Couples like this one, to be exact.
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, June 16, 2008
The good news is that foes of Proposition 8 have come out of the woodwork to help defeat the measure. We’ve told you about the great PSAs by Margaret Cho, Molly Ringwald, Ellen DeGeneres and others. We’ve rejoiced at significant financial support from Stephen Spielberg, Kate Capshaw and Brad Pitt.
MadTV joined in last week with a trailer featuring Lucy and Ethel, admitting that, had gay marriage been legal when they were around, they would’ve gotten married “lickety split.” (“You do the split and I’ll do the lickety,” Ethel said.) And crackle.com released two very funny videos addressing professed objections to same sex marriage.
Now, some of our own have stepped up to raise awareness — and funds — to defeat Proposition 8. Recently, AfterEllen.com blogger GraceChu saw people on her Facebook account campaigning for the hate measure’s passage. Fighting her first instinct to do a mass deletion, Grace came up with the idea to get eight influential lesbian bloggers (including our own Dorothy Snarker) to band together to raise $8,000 in eight days. Today, 8 Against 8 was born.
Meet the eight against hate: Grace Chu and Grace Rosen from Grace the Spot, Dorothy Snarker from Dorothy Surrenders, Lori Hahn from Hahn at Home, Kelly Leszczynski from The Lesbian Lifestyle, Pam Spaulding from Pam’s House Blend, Sinclair from Sugarbutch Chronicles, Riese from This Girl Called Automatic Win and Renee Gannon from Lesbiatopia.
If you are a regular reader of any or all of these blogs, you know that often the women have little more in common than sexual orientation. But on Proposition 8, these wordilicious lesbians agree: Just say no.
If you don’t live in California, you may be asking what all this has to do with you. Spend some time on any of the 8 Against 8 blogs to learn why it matters. I live in Texas and am pretty sure we’ll see a ban on big belt buckles before anyone even talks about letting us queer folks get married. But watching the video at the end of Ms. Snarker’s post made me dust off my debit card and send a little cash to the cause. Let’s save marriage — the right way.