Alaskans Can Make a Difference in California – Help Defeat Prop. 8
I’m writing to ask you to join me in participating in a very important campaign. This time the campaign is not in Alaska, it’s in California. The campaign is to defeat Prop. 8, the constitutional amendment that would eliminate marriage rights to same-sex couples in California.
Why should Alaskan’s care what happens in California?
Simply put, it will not only eliminate the right to marry by same-sex couples in California, one of only two states in the country who have legalized same-sex marriage, but it will also be an extreme step backwards for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community’s efforts to achieve civil equality in Alaska and across the country.
A recent California field poll shows that 55 percent of likely voters are against Prop. 8. This is very encouraging and definitely a testament to the hard work that is being done in California to defeat this measure. Having been in the trenches doing this work trying to defeat similar constitutional amendments across the country, I know that these polls tend to overstate our support by at least 5 – 8 points so the race is really a statistical dead-heat.
The opposition is raising millions of dollars and has started to out raise the LGBT community and our allies by a 3-2 margin. The opposition just received another 5 million dollars from the Mormon Church. You may remember the Mormon Church and their involvement in Alaska during the 1998 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in Alaska.
The LGBT movement has a real fight ahead of it and the California campaign needs our help.
I support the No on Prop. 8 campaign because I believe that this is an unfair and divisive amendment that will have long-term implications for not only Alaska’s LGBT community but also the LGBT movement as a whole. This proposition must be defeated.
Because this is so important, I am making a $500 personal contribution to this campaign. Please join me by making a contribution today
for $1000, $500, $250, $100, $50 or whatever you can afford. Whatever you can send will IMMEDIATELY be put to use to contact voters directly.
ALASKANS CAN HELP DEFEAT PROP. 8 and send a strong message to the rest of the country that every American should have the right to marry.
P.S. – After donating please feel free to pass this e-mail along to your own list of family and friends so that others can support the No on Prop. 8 campaign. I have created an Alaska Fundraising webpage so we can track how much we can raise as a community to help support the campaign. Feel free to customize this e-mail and forward it to your friends. Share the following link (http://eqfed.org/equalityforall/fundraising/erojas2001-669616) so their donations can be credited to this Alaskan fundraising effort.
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