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Friday, February 1, 2008

Help Stop An Anti-Equality Marriage Amendment

In 2006, California became the first state to prevent an effort by right-wing radicals and religious extremists to qualify an anti-equality marriage amendment on the California state ballot. In a renewed effort to place a discriminatory constitutional amendment onto the California ballot this November, these conservative organizations have hired paid signature gatherers to do their dirty work.

Two of these out-of-state organizations, and, are financially backing this effort to deny California's same-sex couples the right to marry. To get this amendment onto the 2008 ballot, they will need to gather 1.2 million signatures by April. 

"These out-of-state extremists continue to expend time and resources to write discrimination into our California Constitution, in spite of the fact that Californians are tired of these costly and divisive campaigns," said Lorri L. Jean, chief executive officer of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, and member of the Equality for All campaign's executive committee. "California voters have a long history of supporting fairness and equal treatment under the law. We believe voters will reject this measure, and the politics of hate and division it represents."

As Californians and lesbians, we need to make it a priority to thwart all efforts by these out-of-state extremists to make decisions for our state. It is essential that we pass this information on to our friends and families so that we can prevent anyone from signing a petition that will allow marriage discrimination in California.

You can find more information about the Equality for All campaign is available at

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