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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

What's on Your Ballot II

Friday, October 24, 2008

Proposition 8 is the most notorious of the 12 ballot propositions Californians will vote on in just over a week. It's a measure to "eliminate the right" of same sex couples to marry, a right that was granted by the California Supreme Court on May 15th (this blogger's birthday).

You're for this or you're not; there's very little grey. Among those for are the LDS church, Focus on The Family, and the Knights of Columbus. The opposed include the California Teachers' Association, Pacific Gas & Energy, and Brad Pitt.

This week saw the release of threatening letters sent by the "Yes on 8" campaign to entities that have given money to defeat it. They are clear in their message: withdraw your support from the opposition, give us money, or else. Read one such letter here. Money quote:

"Were you to elect to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. You would leave us no other reasonable assumption. The names of any companies or organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to Protectmarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published. It is only fair for Proposition 8 supporters to know which companies and organizations oppose traditional marriage.


posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 9:36 AM


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