Steve Young, Another Mormon Against Prop 8!  

Posted by Jessica in ,

Well, kinda. His family has No Against Prop 8 signs and has donated $37,000 against Prop 8, but his wife sent this email: "To expand on my earlier email, I am very passionate about this issue and Steve is completely supportive of me and my work for equality."

Barb Young understands the issue. It isn't about religion, it isn't about marriage, it is about civil rights, about equal rights. The same arguments against gay marriage were the same arguments against interracial marriage back in the 1950's. 

The government has NO place in marriage. Religion has no place in politics, unless they pay taxes. 


hi jessica,

connie linked me here after your mom gave a much welcomed shout out to my no on 8 plea on our blog out here in orange county. let me share a letter one of my colleagues at uc riverside sent today and thank you for your support!

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you today to urge you to vote NO on proposition 8 this upcoming Tuesday to secure the rights of the gay, lesbian, and queer community to participate in this society as equal citizens. Furthermore, I urge you to vote no on proposition 8 to ensure that similar measures stripping citizens of their equal rights are not enacted in the future – who knows, your rights could be next to fall under some Orwellian mob rule simply because you do not meet traditional expectations.

Let us not forget that a central point of American democracy is to govern society by majority rule with respect and protection for minority rights. This ideal is enshrined in both our state and federal constitutions. Throughout our history, however, we have done a poor job living up to this ideal: it wasn't until 1948 that the state of California finally struck from its laws anti-miscegination regulations (Perez vs. Sharp), and the rest of the country finally followed suit in the US Supreme Courts decision of 1967 in Loving vs. Virginia that finally struck down anti-interracial marriage laws more than a century after the Civil War. Should queer Americans also wait 102 years to be treated fairly, or has our country finally matured enough to recognize that all citizens be treated equally and have their rights upheld?

As an American, I have to admit that I hate to rely on others to live my life. I much prefer to pull up my own bootstraps. But in this crucial moment of civil rights, I need your help. It is your vote that is integral in allowing my partner and I to celebrate our entwined lives. It is your vote that is necessary to validate our worth as equal citizens. It is your vote that will keep us from being crushed by totalitarian religious views that seeks to blanket all citizens under its purview and damn those who do not fit under it.

My partner and I will have been together for ten years come June 2009, and we are already preparing our marriage ceremony for that date. Plans are in the works and details are being decided upon, yet we are in a holding pattern in anticipation of your vote.

Please do not make us rely upon the Jim Crow Civil Union that is offered by our state. Separate but equal inevitably leads to inequality as our long, sad history shows.

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