for all those Americans who love this country, but not enough to really research your choice for President, here is some quick advice…
- Mormonism is not Christianity; please do not cast your vote based on a religion that has more ties to Scientology than to Christianity
2.These are hard times. President Barack Obama did not cause the mess we are in. 20 years of Presidents did. Most people do not get their BA degree in 4 years anymore.
Truly believe in who you are voting for, you cannot endorse a candidate and say something to the effect of “I’m voting for Romney but I don’t believe in has stance on Gays or Woman.
You can always write someone in. Do not cast a bad vote for a bad candidate out of party obligation. I cross party lines on occasion and I have written in Senator Feinstein for many things.
If you do not vote, you have given away a tremendous right. If you are a person of color or a woman and you do not vote, you are spitting in the face of all of those that fought for your civil rights before you.
If you are Gay and you do not vote, enjoy watching your rights stripped away, one by one by one.
If you are going to bad mouth one candidate be prepared to listen to it about your choice of candidate. Don’t be a spoiled baby. Be open to a respectful debate.
Vote. Please Vote.
Vote or be Silent.
I was probably six years old at the time; something like that. I had a red bicycle. I loved the color red. My mother bought me a round, red, mylar, helium balloon. I loved the balloon. It was something new to me. I tied my lighter than air prized possession to the handlebars of my red bicycle and off we went on a ride around the block. I was thrilled in a way that only a small child could be. I got to the top of the hill and the balloon came untied and I wasn’t fast enough to grab it. I was destroyed, devastated. I had experience a life of loss and somehow, this was too much. I rode home sobbing, I cannot explain why but that memory is still painful to me, some 30 years later.
I don’t handle loss well, I never have. I know it seems silly on the surface, but a few weeks ago our son lost a necklace that my husband had bought him and I was so very sad for him; his total decimation surrounding his lost was too much to bear, so I made a u turn and went back to the store. We searched high and low and couldn’t find it. I asked at the check out and they said they would keep an eye out for it.
A few days later….they found it. I never did get my red balloon back but I will get a tattoo of a red balloon that says “let it go”.
Lets try and let go of some of the more painful memories we carry with us each day.
Within as little as two weeks, we may know whether AFER’s case challenging Prop. 8 will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. If the Justices decide not to hear our case, marriage equality will be restored in California. Regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court decides to do, Prop. 8 is hanging by a thread. AFER is working with our attorneys and California state officials to get you the most up-to-date information about what could happen and when.
Check out AFER’s video and infographic that explain timing and possible outcomes of the Prop. 8 case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear our case for marriage equality, the announcement can come as early as September 25. That’s only a week and a half away. AFER’s distinguished co-counsel Ted Olson and David Boies will file written briefs and present oral argument in the spring. A final decision would likely be issued by June 2013.If the Court decides not to hear our case, the announcement could come as early as October 1. The Ninth Circuit decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional will be made permanent, with marriages starting as soon as the Ninth Circuit issues its mandate, likely within several days after the Supreme Court denies review.
The other big news today is that there are now over 275 readings of Dustin Lance Black’s play “8” across the country and the world—278 to be exact. Community theaters, colleges and community groups are staging performances to bring a greater understanding about why marriage equality is so important, and how the arguments used against allowing all loving couples the freedom to marry cannot stand up in the court of law, where facts and truth matter. The play is also set to reach more audiences with a new Spanish-language translation.
We are on the cusp of achieving everything we’ve been fighting for. It is now a matter of days, and at the longest a few months, before Prop. 8 is gone for good.