Change Comes So Slowly

November 14, 2008

After months of unbelievable hard work, determination, courage and generosity, we have crossed the finish line of the hard-fought 2008 election. We are a country changed with the election our nation’s first African-American president, President-elect Barack Obama. But today we are trailing in the California fight against discrimination.

The current vote count has us behind with an incredibly steep hill to climb. But there are somewhere between 2.5 – 4 million votes that have not yet been counted (provisional ballots and absentees) and the information about where they are from is not yet available. The No on Prop 8 campaign has indicated that, given the incredible gravity of the situation, they will not issue the ultimate call on this election until they have that information (24-48 hours).

Never before in California’s history has a group who currently enjoys a basic right, been singled out, and then had those rights ripped from them by a vote of their fellow citizens. This decision is so radical and so egregious, that every voice must first be heard, no matter how unlikely a changed outcome might be.

We are all diminished whenever discrimination is sanctioned and fundamental rights are stripped away from any of our citizens. We are all diminished when some families in California are denied access to the security and protections they deserve.

In this fight for fairness and justice, tens of thousands of Californians built a campaign that far surpassed any previous civil rights effort on any ballot measure, not only in California, but anywhere in our entire country. They poured their talents, their time, their resources and their hearts into this struggle for freedom and this fight to have their relationships treated equally. Thank you for each and every sacrifice.

And today, at least 5 million Californians voted with us to reject discrimination and we thank them for their support for equality.

Together, we put together the largest volunteer and grassroots network of any campaign other than a presidential campaign. Together, we spoke to our families, our friends, our neighbors and co-workers. Together, we reached outside of our community to build coalitions that will strengthen us all. Together, we raised more money for this fight, in a shorter time than anyone believed possible. And the struggle for equality is not over.

Activist and writer Anne Lamott writes, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” Because of the struggle fought here in California and fought so incredibly well by the people in this state that love freedom and justice — our fight for full civil rights will continue. Each of you has my very deepest gratitude and my immeasurable respect.

And while we cannot say victory is ours this day, we know that because of the work done here; freedom, fairness and equality will be ours …our dawn will come.

With you always in this struggle,
Dr. Delores A. Jacobs

Advertisements

San Diego Mayor Courageously Supports Gay Marriage

September 25, 2008

On September 19th, 2007, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders took a courageous stand in support of gay marriage. Watch his heartfelt explanation of this decision.


Schwarzenegger Dismisses Prop 8 as “waste of time”

July 19, 2008

June 29, 2008: When asked on TV’s Meet The Press if he supports the Nov. 4 ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to re-ban same-sex marriage California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger explained:

“No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I think the Supreme Court made a decision there. It was apparently unconstitutional to stop anyone from getting married. It’s like 1948, the interracial marriage, when the Supreme Court of California has, you know, decided it was unconstitutional and then later on the Supreme Court of the United States followed, I think 10 or 12 years later. So I think it is, it’s good that California lead – is leading in this way. I personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. But at the same time I think that my, you know, belief, I don’t want to force on anyone else, so I think we should stay with the decision of the Supreme Court and move forward. There are so many other more important issues that we have to address in California. So I think to spend any time on this initiative I think is a waste of time.