Stanford's campaign against California Propositions 4 & 8 in the 2008 election
More than a week after California voters passed Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage, Stanford students showed they were not yet ready to back down in the fight over the right of same-sex couples to wed. Students demonstrated on campus Friday, and several joined Saturday’s nationwide rallies.
On Friday at noon, a group of about 30 students organized in White Plaza and marched around campus to voice the concerns of the LGBT community, specifically focusing on the troubles of queer youth. Dressed in black, demonstrators staged performances across campus to portray the negative messages associated with propositions that banned gay marriage in California, Arizona and Florida last Tuesday.
“One in three queer and questioning youth attempt suicide,” activist and organizer Laura Wadden ‘09 said over a megaphone. “What messages are we sending our children?”..........
We have come a long way in such a short amount of time. The 48 percent of the voting population who opposed a ban on gay marriage are an inspiration. Rhetoric stating that we have set the movement back 20 years belittles what progress we have made. Unfortunately, change does not come overnight in America, and as we have learned from President-elect Barack Obama, “We have more work to do.” At this rate, we can expect and hope that Prop. 8 will be an outdated and out-of-touch measure 20 years from now.
Rallies like the one in the Intersection of Death following the election are steps in the right direction. They continue to inspire students and help those who opposed Prop. 8 remember that the battle is not over. Prop. 8 opponents must continue to energize people who continue to stand for equality, while also working with those who supported Prop. 8. If you are unhappy with the results of this year’s election, plug yourself into the cause as the Stanford community continues to do its part to raise awareness, end apathy and push forward with the legislative fight.
Prop. 8 is not the end of the road; it is just another hurdle in the journey towards equality. We should keep our heads up, reach out to each other and continue building a better, more equal, California."
Students on their way to class around 1 p.m. yesterday found their route very congested at the intersection of Lasuen Mall and Escondido due to a large student protest against the recent passage of Proposition 8.
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I am writing to clarify one of the purposes of the Proposition 8 protest that confused many Stanford students trying to bypass the human blockade on Wednesday. [See “Prop. 8 opponents rally” in today’s issue of The Daily.]
As I sat with other aggrieved citizens blocking bike passage near the School of Education and Building 260, I noticed a high degree of frustration among people that couldn’t navigate through the blockade. They were angry and felt that this blockade was frivolous, unnecessary and unfair.
I want to explain that the blockade was not frivolous. It was meant to make people feel discomfort (for even a short time). It was meant to make people reflect on the discomfort they feel over a trivial matter like attending class on time and imagine the inconveniences, indignities and discomforts that some U.S. citizens face because they are blockaded from exercising fundamental human rights and are denied equality under the law.
Some students, attempting to get through, reasoned with me saying, “I voted against Proposition 8.” To them, I say thank you. But, the point of the protest was to make it clear that voting wasn’t enough this time. Now, it is our duty as a society to disrupt the status quo, again and again, to endure discomfort again and again, until civil rights are granted to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.
Public Policy MA and Ph.D. candidate in Sociology
Dear Greg, Amanda, and Jamie,
I had some thoughts that I wanted to share and didn’t know what list best to send them to, but I figured I would share them with you (and you are free to pass them along if you like).
Today, we as a community, as people who believe in freedom, liberty and justice for all, we are in pain. We are angry. And we have every right to be.
And yet, I have hope. I have hope because of what I have seen in the 12 years since I’ve come out. I have hope because when I went to college we were lucky to get 25 people out to a rally, whereas you were able to get out 200 people to rally against hate and discrimination. I have hope because I think that Prop 8 may have done more good for us as a community than anything since Stonewall. I say this because so many people have trained and worked and struggled in the past few months to defeat Prop 8, but they not only fought Prop 8, they gained skills, they strengthened their resolve, they saw the issues more clearly, and now we have all seen how much we can achieve and how if we just work a little harder and a little longer we will reach equality. There are hundreds of students on this campus and thousands across California who are poised to become the next generation of leaders in this struggle. Perhaps this is what we needed to make us realize what it is we need to do. Of course I wish things had gone the other way, but just know that so many people will be able to work so much harder the next time because of what you and other leaders on campus have done.
And we must keep fighting. We must keep fighting, not merely for ourselves, our friends, our family. We must keep fighting to give hope to the closeted kid in Tennessee or Montana who is unable to be themself. It is for them that this fight is truly for, to show them that they may step out of the closet, that there are people who value them, who are ready to welcome them fully. As someone said today, we must spread love, to all ends of this nation, to all ends of the earth, so that not only may that kid come out of the closet, but may that kid not have a closet to stand in.
Keep up the fight, and we WILL win the war.
With great admiration and respect for all the leaders of the No on 8 campaign,
Director of Special Projects/Camp Kesem Director
This article was reported by An Le Nguyen and written by Devin Banerjee.
The $70-million campaign to overturn California’s Proposition 8 quickly lost traction Tuesday night as poll results showed California voters leaning toward overturning same-sex marriage in the state. As of press time, 52 percent of voters favored passage of the proposition, with 89 percent of precincts reporting.
During the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election, much of the Stanford community lashed out against Prop. 8. If passed, the proposition would amend the Golden State’s Constitution to “eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.”
Approximately 200 students gathered outside Old Union on Monday afternoon at an event intended to rally the campus in favor of Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and in opposition to Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.
Speakers at the event included San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Stanford Law Professor Larry Marshall and former State Controller Steve Westly ‘78.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------By: Kamil Dada
In today’s election, Californian voters will vote on Proposition 8, a measure that eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples. As of last night, 1,394 Stanford faculty and staff have taken a stand against the ballot initiative through an online petition that has circulated the Stanford campus.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------By: Gea Kang
Greetings intrepid campus organizers,
...I'm stunned. Over the past 48 hours, you have allowed us to add an additional 72 campuses on top of our 47-campus program for No On Prop 8, bringing us up to 119 campuses statewide! A HUGE shout-out to all the folks who came on today and agreed to take on 2 campuses here, 3 campuses there--including the unparalleled Stanford team, which agreed to take on 29 campuses between the 42 of them. They'll be out from 11 pm to the wee hours of the morning tonight, doing a total blitzkrieg of previously untapped Northern CA schools...
Lilia Holland Tamm
NO on Prop 8, Equality For All
NO on Prop 4, Campaign For Teen Safety
Amazing Phone Bankers!
You all know by now, but what you all did yesterday was historic. Literally. 270 students came and we made 15,000 phone calls. You read right. 15,000.
This was the biggest phone bank of the entire No on 8 Campaign. The second biggest phone bank was 130 people at the San Francisco HQ. Let that sink in -- together, we organized the strongest opposition to this discriminatory measure in the entire state. Whether this thing passes or fails, by a hair or a mile, we put up the strongest fight in the entire state.
But the fight is not over! There are 2 days left in this fight, and we're asking you to join us in organizing 2 more efforts:
1. Guerrilla flyering tomorrow night. Based on the success of last night, the state campaign asked us to help flyer 24 local colleges, with a combined student population of 220,900. We'll be putting up huge posters to help remind people of the importance of going to the polls. I did this in California for the primary, and in a few others states, and it is super super fun. And it's really cool to know that a couple hundred thousands students will wake up to see these flyers.
We'll meet at WCC at 11:30pm, take off at midnight, and shoot for returning by 6:00am. I promise, guys, this will be fun and exciting, and can be very impactful. Sign up and pack a car with your friends!
Please sign up here, and bring your most hardcore friends!
2. Don't forget to sign up to help on election day. Remind your friends, too! This is HUGE. People need to know right as they get to the polls what this is all about. Email email@example.com to sign up!
Again, guys, you are now some of the most important soldiers in the battle for equality. This is an amazing honor, but there is also a lot riding on our shoulders. Let's make sure we keep the fight going to the very end!
Hope to see you tomorrow night!
Jonny and Fagan
PS. Forward this to your friends! Many people came who are not on this list. Let's be sure to keep everyone on the team!
At the MEGAPHONEBANK yesterday, we had
and 1588 'NO' Votes.
This was the largest No on 8 phone bank of the entire state campaign by over DOUBLE.
And it happened here at Stanford thanks to your hard work.
But we aren't done yet!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer on election day. This is our last chance to fight for what's right.
We're in a heavy area of support, so it's even more important to remind Palo Alto residents to vote 'NO' and ensure no wrong-way voting.
Our biggest fear is that our supporters won't vote because they think the presidential race won't be decided in CA.
It's super-easy, it's whenever you're available, and you can make a real difference.
Let's make a vow of solidarity to make sure no one we know is treated as a second-class citizen.
love, peace & EQUALITY,
Stanford Coalition for Marriage Equality
This is the civil rights issue of our generation. And November 4th will be the most important day in LGBTQ history since Stonewall.
From 12PM-8PM we will be uniting against Proposition 8 in a MEGAphonebank Extravaganza (lunch AND dinner AND really good food will be served). Come Join us! You don't need to stay the whole time. If you've never been to a voter contact event before, do not fear! There will be trainers there to walk you through the process throughout the day.
We cannot let ourselves come this close to victory without pulling through. We are in a DEAD HEAT with the opposition, so Stanford's contribution to the No on Prop 8 campaign will be what makes the difference. We will influence the outcome of this election and we will do it by working together to contact voters and getting them to vote NO on prop 8.
We Need You.
Come whenever you can on Saturday and stay for as long as you can. This will be our last Prop 8 event--our last opportunity to have any influence on the outcome before election day.
Maze Set-up to Oppose Prop 4 (check out the pic, too!)
Prop 8 Supporters Remain Active Under Pressure
Vote No on Prop 8 Editorial from the Daily's Editorial Board (yay!)
Op-Ed: Bible Should Not be Used to Back Prop 8
Letter to the Editor on Prop 8 and Letter to the Editor on Prop 4
by Fagan Harris (with introduction by Jonny Dorsey)
Published: October 30, 2008
The California Supreme Court has unequivocally held that same-sex couples have a lawful right to marry under the California constitution. Proposition 8 threatens to overturn the aforementioned decision and eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. This proposition has created a social movement on campus uniting students, staff, and faculty of all sexual orientations for the sake of freedom and marriage equality.
We the undersigned students of Stanford University acknowledge that marriage equality is a fundamental civil rights issue and that marriage should not be denied to any individual based on sexual orientation. We firmly reject Prop 8 as an attack on our community. We value all members of our community equally, and we know that Prop 8 singles out individuals for discrimination. Because Prop 8 would dissolve the marriages of valued faculty, staff, students, and alumni and prohibit thousands of students from marrying the person that they love, we vow to vote no on Prop 8.
We the undersigned students of Stanford University also encourage Stanford students and the broader community to vote no on Proposition 8, which would take away a fundamental right from current and future students, faculty, and staff.
Late Monday night, SCME members were alerted to news that a Yes on 8 banner had been put up, covering the marriage equality banner.
The Office of Student Activities eventually removed the Yes on 8 banner for violating OSA regulations.
*Unfortunately, our banner had been up for more than 10 days (also in violation of banner guidelines), so they took ours down too.
Hey "Vote Down 4 & 8" and STAMP peeps,
The MAZE e-flier that you received is an interactive theatre project developed by the Stanford Theatre Activist Mobilization Project (STAMP) and Stanford Students for Choice. It has people walk through the awful trials and tribulations vulnerable girls would have to undertake in order to access reproductive health care beginning Nov. 5, 2008 if Prop 4 passes. The installation will be up all week Mon-Fri in White Plaza 12-1
Please forward the e-flier, encourage your friends to walk through the maze, and take a walk through the maze yourself - we hope that it will conceretely communicate why Prop 4 would endanger the lives of the 10% of girls who currently don't tell their parents about their abortions for reasons of abuse, incest, and other horrible circumstances.
Stanford Marriage Equality Photo Exhibit
Starting Thursday, October 27, a photo exhibit featuring the weddings of same-sex couples in the Stanford community (including faculty, students, and alumni), will be on display in White Plaza. Our exhibit features wedding photos and biographies of these community members, as well as some general information on same-sex marriage in California. They have generously shared some of the happiest moments in their lives with us through our exhibit, and we hope that their stories are touching and moving to everyone who comes!
MASSIVE THANK YOU to Ronny and Norris for putting this all together!
Sunday at 5PM in the Women's Community Center Conference Room,
Student leaders from across campus met to discuss the Prop. 4 & 8 Remobilizing the Stanford community in the last few days before the election.
1) Engage student groups, Greek life, community centers, dorms in the campaign with personal appeals and face-to-face approach
2) Spam the online petition
3) Promote Thursday's Rally and the MAZE of Horror
4) Promote Tuesday's Phonebank No on Prop 8 and Sunday's No on Prop 4 phone banks
**5)Get as many people to come to Saturday's MEGAPHONEbank from 12-8PM in the WCC as possible.
Take-home message: "WE CAN'T COME THIS CLOSE TO VICTORY AND NOT PULL THROUGH!"
A story a few of you may have heard already:
Last night during our voter contact event a woman said to me,
"Honey, let me tell you something.
I'm a black woman;
I'm 71 years old;
and I've been discriminated against my whole life.
I refuse to discriminate against anyone like I've been discriminated against, so I'm going to vote NO."
Let's spread the No on 8 wildfire because gay = beautiful & this is our America.
Love love love to all the amazing people working their asses off,
Please donate and help us recover the costs of our expansive and monumental on-campus efforts!
The gap is closing!! Whatever happens on election day, it's going to be WAY TOO CLOSE.
Currently (as of yesterday) the vote is split thusly:
Not Certain: 7%
So we had the BEST PHONE BANK YET this last Saturday! We made over 1400 dials (!) and get over 100 NO votes! We need to keep this up so please make it to Koret Pavilion tomorrow, Tuesday, from 6:00 -9:00 for training and (of course) free food!
Bring your cell phones and chargers - some phones may be provided (but not many).
Also bring your laptops - especially you veterans! Direct dialing is one of the reasons we had such an amazing phone bank on Saturday, so keep 'em coming.
We only have 15 days until the election!!! Earn some karma and as always, bring along some friends.
See you there!
Some choose simple engagements with flowers and candlelit dinners. Others take the audacious route and propose on-air or in sports stadiums. But then there are some, at least here on the Stanford campus, who propose in classrooms and lecture halls.
Members of the Stanford Theatre Activist Mobilization Project (STAMP) conducted 20 staged proposals between same-sex couples and straight couples in over 12 different classes and at the CoHo this week. The effort was organized in order to express opposition to California Proposition 8, which, if passed, would effectively ban same-sex marriage in the state.
The effort was organized by STAMP co-founder Amanda Gelender ‘09 and Vera Eidelman ‘09, the group’s “guerrilla theater” director. Gelender and Eidelman wanted to use drama to place students — especially those who may not be familiar with Prop. 8 — in the moments of joy that same-sex couples share with each other on a daily basis. The actors and organizers hoped that allowing their audiences to become part of such a special moment for any couple — gay or straight — would push them to consider whether or not the consequences of Prop. 8 are ultimately beneficial.
“So we recreated these moments of joy that represented the beauty of marriage and the remarkable power of two people committing to a life together,” Gelender said. “We wanted to convey, on a human level, what society would have to lose if we ban same-sex marriage.”
Since its founding in 2007, STAMP has worked to produce plays and other theatrical pieces — such as last year’s “In Darfur” and “Hair” — that relate to current political issues. These endeavors, claim STAMP leaders, stem from the belief that theater can evoke emotions that other forms of activism may not be able to.
A three-day series of improvisational performances began on Oct. 6 after three weeks of preparation. Gelender and Eidelman have also worked collaboratively with the campus’ Vote Down 4 & 8 campaign. Likewise, some members of the Vote Down campaign participated in the performances. Training culminated in a workshop last Sunday that sought to help first-time performers get accustomed to techniques in improvisational theater.
For Charlie Syms ‘11, one of the actors in STAMP’s campaign against Prop. 8, this was his first time working in guerrilla theater.
“It was really nerve-wracking to be part of this because I wanted to be true to what STAMP was doing,” he said. “That was a concern for me. Are people going to believe that I’m actually proposing?”
The answer, for the vast majority of students who witnessed the performances, was yes.
In fact, many were so emotionally invested in the performances that the proposals brought them to tears. A few students were even disappointed when they later learned the proposals were staged.
“I thought that it was very powerful seeing that between two people,” said Michael Madderra ‘11, who witnessed a proposal last Monday in his Political Science class. “But at the same time, I would have preferred knowing that this is a reenactment of what it really is like outside of campus. I’d prefer more honesty. I would have more trust in that.”
Mass emails were sent out Monday evening to various Stanford chat lists in response to students’ requests for an explanation, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, STAMP officers told students about their goals and the role of theater in efforts to defeat Prop. 8. Some classes even held discussions following the performances.
Plans are also underway for an open discussion about Prop. 8 moderated by STAMP, as well as similar performances in cafes in surrounding communities.
Thanks to Edgardo, Laura, Chrysanthe, Sekhar, Matt, I Jay, Greg and Sammie for coming out to the press conference/rally today!! Stanford was very well represented and the t-shirts were a huge hit!
Our work on Prop 8 at Stanford is featured in major news outlets including NBC, ABC, and CBS! Check out the links below for coverage, pictures, and to watch a video of the rally. I will send out additional links if more coverage surfaces.
A few pics are attached, here are links to more pics:
CBS Coverage - You can also watch the video of the rally on the right side of the page - the part about Stanford is at 22 min. 25 sec
ABC 7 News Coverage
Prop. 8 Unites Priests, Pols and Parents | NBC Bay Area (NBC Coverage)
Thanks to Everyone who came to the Thursday Phone Bank! We had an amazing turnout and are getting in touch with the last few undecided voters out there. There's still a ton of work to be done, and with the election only 18 DAYS AWAY we really need everyone to come and get on the phones.
Thanks also to Kenzie and Jen for stepping up as Phone bank coaches/trainers!
San Mateo County Community Leaders Urge
NO on Prop 8
Clergy, labor, education, and community leaders across
San Mateo County rally for equality by opposing Proposition 8
WHAT: Community leaders from across San Mateo will come together to express their shared opposition to Proposition 8, the initiative on the California ballot that would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. These leaders represent many diverse interests, viewpoints, and cultural histories, yet their perspectives converge when it comes to a shared belief in the need to protect right of every Californian to marry the person they love. Speakers will touch on the meaning of freedom and equality in relation to love and family.
WHERE: Old Courthouse Square (2200 Broadway Street) Redwood City
WHEN: 10 AM, Thursday, October 16, 2008
WHO: Rich Gordon, San Mateo County Supervisor
Unitarian Universalist Reverend Vail Weller
Dave Pine, Trustee of the San Mateo Union High School District
Shelley Kessler, San Mateo County Central Labor Council
Amanda Gelender, Stanford Student and STAMP (Stanford Theater Activist Mobilization Project) Founder
Laurie Carter, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Background: Proposition 8 would eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry in California, inscribing language into our state constitution to allow discrimination against a single minority group.
Interviews with speakers and guests available before and after the event.
Wednesday 10/15: Health Impacts of Prop 4 & 8
Featuring Dr. Cynthia Kapphahn, Pediatrician
Thursday 10/16: No on 8 Voter Contact Event
Koret Pavilion (behind Hillel House)
Dinner provided. Bring a cellphone, charger, and a friend!
Saturday 10/18: No on 8 Voter Contact Event
El Centro Chicano
Lunch provided. Bring a cellphone, charger, and a friend!
Sunday 10/19: No on 4 Voter Contact Event
Women's Community Center
Lunch provided. Bring a cellphone, charger, and a friend!
1-4PM at the Women's Community Center
hosted by Stanford Students for Choice
I am the Presbyterian Campus Minister for the United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford University. I am opposed to Proposition 8, which will eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples, for two reasons.
The first reason is entirely secular but nonetheless important. Prop. 8 is unjust because it will make gay and lesbian members of our community second-class citizens who have most of the rights, but not all the rights that the rest of us enjoy. It allows the rights of a minority to be taken away by the vote of the majority. Those of us who may be in the majority today may find ourselves in the minority tomorrow or the next day. Would we want our rights eliminated by a vote of the majority, however well rationalized? I dare say we would not.
Second, as a Christian, I believe that Prop. 8 violates the law of love. This may require some explanation. Jesus’ ministry was directed towards those who were the outcasts of society whether they were the poor, the sick and lame, non-Jews (such as Greeks and Samaritans) or sinners — in other words, all those who were considered to be ritualistically “unclean.” Jesus’ ministry was a ministry of inclusion, not exclusion. Jesus broke down the walls of division and proclaimed that the reign of God is without borders. The Apostle Paul goes so far as to proclaim: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, New Revised Standard Version)
Why does the reign of God have no fences or borders? Because the love of God knows no limit — it is boundless. Contrary to what you may have heard, there is no “in” group or “out” group. So what does this have to do with the law of love? It means that we are guided not by the religious checklist of “do’s” and “don’ts,” but by a higher and truer law of love. Does that mean that anything goes or that there are no guidelines? Quite the contrary, we are compelled to speak and act for those things in life that expand, enlarge and spread the message and actions of love. It means that we must surrender to the mystery of love and to the realization that our attempts to fence it in and define it are at best feeble and perhaps even arrogant.
I have been fortunate enough to know many same-sex couples, and they have never failed to deepen my understanding of love and commitment. Just as we once thought that the definition of family was Ozzie and Harriet and 2.4 children, so now we know that families come in all shapes and sizes, colors and genders. The law of love, like the laws of nature, will not be controlled or confined. Such is the law of love, always breaking boundaries. It’s time to get out of the way and let love have its way. Our world will be the better for it.
The Rev. Geoff Browning
Campus Minister, United Campus Christian Ministry at Stanford University
Students strolled toward White Plaza at noon yesterday, donning bold and colorful paraphernalia in the name of equality. As their fellow peers sped along on their bikes, they dispersed across the plaza, waving signs and yelling a rallying chant of, “Vote no on four and eight!”
The Student Coalition for Marriage Equality (SCME) — an unofficial campus club centered on the upcoming election and an offshoot of the Queer-Straight Alliance — organized yesterday’s rally with help from Stanford Students for Choice (SSC) in hopes of promoting awareness about California Propositions 4 and 8. These state measures, if approved by voters, would require minors to notify their parents prior to obtaining an abortion (Proposition 4) and would eliminate the rights of same-sex couples to marry (Proposition 8).
Students who attended the rally were joined by LGBT activist Candace Gingrich, half-sister of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Attendees received free buttons and white placards, and some also sported uniforms illustrating their support of same-sex and reproductive rights. The graphic of the free t-shirts provided by SCME, for example, showed a heterosexual couple juxtaposed against gay and lesbian couples — with the lesbian couple holding a “Just Married” balloon — and each couple separated by equal signs.
The primary objective of these campaigning efforts against Propositions 4 and 8 is education. Student organizers believed that very few people knew about the propositions, and for them, the information in the general election packet alone does not serve as a sufficient source on which voters should base their decisions.
“Because the rhetoric involved is deceptive and is not necessarily straight-forward, the main effort that we’re doing for this campaign is clarifying the proposition and its practical application,” said SSC Co-President Emily Gasner ‘09.
While the gathering was small, those who showed up were eager to fight for what they believe is a crucial human rights issue, and to display their support for peers directly affected by the propositions. It was their sense of urgency to alert the Stanford campus and the public about Propositions 4 and 8 that fueled the energy in the rallying cheers.
“What brought me out here was reading through the general election packet, and the very first line for (Proposition) eight says ‘a constitutional amendment to deny the right,’ and I stopped there,” said Yvorn Aswad ‘11. “I couldn’t go any further because how can anyone phrase this in any good light if the first sentence is ‘to deny the right’? That brought me out to come and support.”
Temo Peranda ‘10 hoped to “put faces onto the proposition.”
“This is a humanistic thing and you have to realize yourself that these people are you,” he said. “What if your rights are taken away?”
Most of the attendees were concerned about the chances of defeating these propositions, especially after the San Jose Mercury News recently reported that both propositions are currently holding more public favor in opinion polls. Though the difference is minimal — about five percent — the rally organizers believe the Stanford student vote could play a large role in blocking the two propositions.
Students scramble to get the last of the XS, S, M, XL, XXL Stanford No on Prop 8 Shirts!
We had over 20 people come to call undecided voters and made about 1000 dials. We also spoke with 105 voters who agreed to vote NO on Prop 8!
CBS 5¹ poll:
"...likely California voters overall now favor passage of Proposition 8 by a five-point margin, 47 percent to 42 percent. Ironically, a CBS 5 poll eleven days prior found a five-point margin in favor of the measure's opponents."
We dialed an impressive 1280 times and spoke with 149 undecided voters...
Got 5 people to donate money and/or donate their time to a future voter contact event...
Got an incredible 107 people to commit to voting NO on 8...
And were able to provide 13 'on the fence' people with more information about the proposition!
THANK YOU to Matt W. for taking the lead on Phone Bank Training/Coaching!
Filed at 12:01 p.m. ET
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut's Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry, making the state the third behind Massachusetts and California to legalize such unions.
The divided court ruled 4-3 that gay and lesbian couples cannot be denied the freedom to marry under the state constitution, and Connecticut's civil unions law does not provide those couples with the same rights as heterosexual couples.
"I can't believe it. We're thrilled, we're absolutely overjoyed. We're finally going to be able, after 33 years, to get married," said Janet Peck of Colchester, who was a plaintiff with her partner, Carole Conklin.
Connecticut will join Massachusetts and California as the only state to allow same-sex couples to marry.
"Interpreting our state constitutional provisions in accordance with firmly established equal protection principles leads inevitably to the conclusion that gay persons are entitled to marry the otherwise qualified same sex partner of their choice," Justice Richard N. Palmer wrote in the majority opinion that overturned a lower court finding.
"To decide otherwise would require us to apply one set of constitutional principles to gay persons and another to all others," Palmer wrote.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Friday that she disagreed, but will not fight the ruling.
"The Supreme Court has spoken," Rell said in a statement. "I do not believe their voice reflects the majority of the people of Connecticut. However, I am also firmly convinced that attempts to reverse this decision -- either legislatively or by amending the state Constitution -- will not meet with success."
The lawsuit was brought in 2004 after eight same-sex couples were denied marriage licenses and sued, saying their constitutional rights to equal protection and due process were violated.
They said the state's marriage law, if applied only to heterosexual couples, denied them of the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage.
Peck said that as soon as the decision was announced, the couple started crying and hugging while juggling excited phone calls from her brother and other friends and family.
"We've always dreamed of being married," she said. "Even though we were lesbians and didn't know if that would ever come true, we always dreamed of it."
ACS and OUTlaw bring you
Set Location: Jamie
Make sure there are table there: Jamie
- Food: Charlie
- Music: Matt B. and (Greg's Speakers)
- Tables for stations: Jamie
- Projector (for making banner): Greg
Structure - Intro:
Intro to Prop 8: Greg
Intro to Prop 4: Emily
Intro to Stations + Motivational Speech: Laura and Jamie
Station 0: General Information & Clipboarding Training (for Dorm Storm)
- Greg, Kriti, Britney, Ilana
Station 1: Dorm Storm & Dorm Captain Organization
- Jamie Tam, Charlie , Daniel , Jay-Marie, Benj, Rebecca, Erik
- Full organized dorm storm
- will need clipboarding materials and training
- will need dorm signs
Station 2: Voter Contact Event Sign-up
- Matt W, Ronnie
Station 3: STAMP
Station 4: Sign and banner Making
- Laura, Alex, Matt Bush, Leslie