Friday, November 14, 2008
Save lesbian and gay marriage
New York, NY 10007
Time: 1:30PM to 4:30PM
As I'm sure you know by now on Election Day while California and several other states were voting for a new day in America, were electing a person of color to be President of the United States, at the same time these same voters chose to take a fundamental human right away from a group of people - lesbians and gay men. They chose to deny all lesbians and gay men the right to marry, the right to share their lives within the framework of marriage. This travesty of justice is known in California as Prop 8. This is, of course, not the first time in American history that a group of people were excluded from this right. At the founding of the U.S. Black people who were slaves were not allowed to marry. Later miscegenation (the marital union of two people of different skin color) was against the law.
If it is allowed to stand, we'll see who these people will choose (and that's what it is a personal choice) to target next. And what right they will choose to take away from you. There should be some rights that cannot be taken away by a majority even in a democracy. The freedom of speech, the press, religion, are all sacred in this society - the freedom to marry (or not marry) the person of your choice should be equally protected.
There are legal challenges to Prop 8 under way in California. But at the same time we have to protest in the streets. So join us Saturday, Nov. 15, 1:30PM to 4:30PM at 260 Broadway in New York City.