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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Prop. 8 Equal Rights Protest: Saturday, 11:30 AM, ABQ Civic Plaza

National Protest Against Prop 8

The evening of November 4th featured a bitter-sweet celebration. We came together to witness the election of the first African-American president, yet watched in sadness as Florida, Arizona, Arkansas, and California all voted down equal rights for all citizens.

The passage of Proposition 8 in California would amend the state’s constitution so marriage is only legal between a man and a woman, overturning the California Supreme Court's decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in the state. Arkansas banned all homosexual and unmarried couples from caring for foster children. In Florida, where gay marriage is already illegal, voters to permanently legislate that gay marriage should be banned. Arizona also acted to ban gay marriage by amending their constitution to define marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.

Does it seem like a good idea to you to have a minority's rights voted upon as if people were approving or disapproving a school bond issue? What ever happened to the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution or protecting minority rights from persecution and mob rule? This is not a four-state issue. This is an issue of equality across America, and there will be simultaneous protests in every state this Saturday to show support for equal rights under the law for all. Straight or GLBT, please stand up and make your voice heard. Visit www.jointheimpact.com to learn more, sign up to help or organize a protest event in your city or town. Also see Join the Impact's Facebook page.

In Albuquerque, a protest will take place this coming Saturday at the Civic Plaza downtown at 11:30 AM Mountain time. Bring signs, bring your friends and family, bring some food and be a part of the united, nation-wide fight against discrimination. You can find ideas for signs here. More info from Sean Winkless-Hall: winklese@law.unm.edu

PS: V.B. Price has an excellent commentary on the passage of Prop. 8, the separation of church and state and constitutional rights. Bravo, V.B. Also, see this diary on Daily Kos about Mormons resigning and citing the hatred of the LDS Church.

November 12, 2008 at 01:38 PM in Civil Liberties, Events, GLBT Rights, Government, Justice | Permalink

Comments

It will be interesting to see how many straight people show up to support equal rights for all. That is so important.

Posted by: Shane | Nov 12, 2008 2:19:27 PM

The people from the Mormon church that are resigning are mostly inactive members, not practicing. I'm a Mormon (an active, practicing member), and I supported "No on Prop 8." A lot of the things people over at DKos are saying about members and the church are untrue, and I'm currently writing a diary so people understand some basic stereotypes are untrue and need to stop.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 12, 2008 7:23:43 PM

So you are saying you personally know these members of the Mormon Church who are resigning? Why should we believe you? The people at Kos aren't saying things-they are publishing letters written by Mormons who are resigning.

The fact is that the LDS church needs to have its tax exemption removed if it wants to engage in election politics at its services. I know right wing religious zealots like to ignore the fact that our nation's laws guarantee the separation of church and state but that is the truth.

Shame on you and your church for promoting bigotry and discrimination through dishonest ads and spreading lies. Isn't there some LDS rule against lying? Where does all that money come from that's being spent by LDS in this fight? Real estate speculation? How godly.

Posted by: No on Prop 8 | Nov 13, 2008 8:15:13 AM

Wow, what a closed minded little person you are. A lot of the people who have posted on Kos have said "I haven't been active" etc. Don't you read the diaries, or do you just look for your material so you can hate the Mormons even more?
And yes, I am a Mormon, and I was against Prop 8. You really want to accuse me of lying? Did you actually read what I said? Probably not, considering what you wrote. I am supporting your cause, and yet you try and put me down.
This is what's wrong with the world today, is that no one listens, and your own opinion is the only one that matters. At least I am open minded to speak out against my own church.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 13, 2008 2:42:16 PM

I welcome Mike's support in the fight against Prop 8 and I hope others will too. Mike, don't take the comments of one person as representative. I have Mormon friends who are very supportive of equality and the same with Catholics I know. Like other bureaucracies the ruling bodies of churches are often more conservative than individual members.

Thanks for helping in the fight against discrimination and for equal rights. I think we all have more in common than we have different.

Posted by: R. M. | Nov 13, 2008 2:58:40 PM

Thank you R.M. By the way, my diary is almost done, and should be posted later today or tomorrow. I will post a link here if people would like to read.

Posted by: Mike | Nov 13, 2008 3:12:08 PM

Mike, write faster!

Posted by: PhoenixRising | Nov 13, 2008 6:30:08 PM

For those of you who are interested. I published the diary. Barb, forgive me is this is not allowed, I just thought it should be shared :)

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/11/13/171329/40

Posted by: Mike | Nov 13, 2008 7:45:57 PM

Mike, it is just fine that you included the link here. In fact I would like to cross-post your diary as a guest blog here, if you agree. Let me know.

Posted by: barb | Nov 14, 2008 9:36:42 AM

Barb, I would be happy to let you cross-post it here. :)

Posted by: Mike | Nov 15, 2008 9:55:56 PM

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