Postedon Nov 02, 2009 at 11:17 am
November 2, 2009
Voters in three states on Tuesday will decide on measures of importance to the LGBT community: Maine's Question 1, Washington state's Referendum 71, and a non-discrimination ordinance that would protect LGBT residents of Kalamazoo, Mich. [Link]
Support Kalamazoo non-discrimination here.
Postedon Nov 02, 2009 at 10:19 am
November 1, 2009
Political battles this fall in six different parts of the country could have a profound impact on whether the United States will extend the promise of equal rights to those who are not allowed to marry simply because they are the same sex as their partner. [Link]
Postedon Oct 29, 2009 at 04:02 pm
Who we are: Approve Referendum 71 is the campaign to preserve domestic partnerships in Washington State. By voting to approve, voters retain the domestic partnership laws that were passed during this year's legislative session, including using sick leave to care for a partner, adoption rights, insurance rights, and more.
What we need: We need phone bankers to get our supporters out to vote. Washington is an all mail-in ballot state, and we need to ensure our supporters put their ballots in the mail. Also, youth turnout is a critical component of our campaign, and youth turnout historically drops in off-year elections. So we need a lot of help to turn them out.
How you do it: Sign up here to make remote calls for Approve 71. We'll then contact you for a training, and you can make GOTV calls.
Who we are: The No On 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign is working to protect Maine's recently-passed law legalizing marriage equality for same-sex couples. Our opponents have put the issue on the ballot for Nov 3, 2009. Because of Maine's early voting election laws, people are already voting at the polls, so we need help immediately to turn out our side at the polls.
What we need: We need you to devote a few hours to Call for Equality. Call for Equality is a virtual phonebank set up so that you can call Maine voters wherever you are. Much of Maine is rural, where canvassing isn't effective, so we need to reach these voters- along with other supporters- by phone. All you need is a phone and internet connection. No experience required! We'll provide the training, and all you need is a a few hours to help get a win in Maine.
How you do it: Click here to sign up for a training and your shift. There are lots of times available for your convenience.
Who We Are: The Yes on Ordinance 1856 / One Kalamazoo campaign is working in Michigan to support the City Commission of Kalamazoo's twice approved ordinance for housing, employment, and public accommodation protections for gay and transgender residents. Opponents forced a public referendum on the ordinance so dedicated local volunteers, led by former Stonewall Democrats Executive Director Jon Hoadley, are working to ensure voters say YES to fairness and equality and keep Ordinance 1856.
Why The Urgency: In the final weeks, the opposition has gone all out with aggressive disinformation and misleading red herrings to try to defeat the ordinance. This includes signs that say "No to Discrimination" (even though voting No actually supports continued discrimination of GLBT residents), transphobic door hangers and fliers, and now radio ads that falsely suggest that criminal behavior will become legal when this simply isn't true. The Yes on Ordinance 1856 supporters are better organized but many voters who want to vote for gay and transgender people are getting confused by the opposition.
How To Help:
1) Help the One Kalamazoo campaign raise a final $10,000 specifically dedicated to fight back against the lies on the local TV and radio airwaves and fully fund the campaign's final field and GOTV efforts.
Give here: http://www.actblue.com/page/3-2-1-countdown
2) If you live nearby and can physically volunteer in Kalamazoo sign up here. If you know anyone that lives in Kalamazoo, use the One Kalamazoo campaign's online canvass tool to remind those voters that they need to vote on November 3rd and vote YES on Ordinance 1856 to support equality for gay and transgender people.
Contact voters: http://www.onekalamazoo.com/tellfriends2
Postedon Oct 20, 2009 at 10:45 am
October 19, 2009
Autumn Sandeen highlights the campaign to pass an LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo, Mich.: "When there are so many non-LGBT people of faith volunteering their time to keep an ordinance in place that protects LGBT people from discrimination, that speaks to me that there is more than one faith-based value system in play. Basically, LGBT people have allies in faith communities." [Link]
Learn more and support One-Kalamazoo here.
Postedon Oct 10, 2009 at 01:21 am
October 9, 2009
The night was capped off by speech given by Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry. Wolfson spoke about the great inequality suffered in all areas of life by Michigan gays. "In this state, there is not a single statewide protection at any level, in any area of life for these families," Wolfson stated emphatically. "You indeed labor and suffer and deal under a constitutional amendment that reinforces and cements the second-class citizenship that already existed for these families in Michigan. This is intolerable." [link]
Postedon Sep 28, 2009 at 10:48 am
September 27, 2009
Voters in Maine, Washington and Michigan will weigh in this fall on whether to protect or reverse three LGBT-inclusive laws: an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance in Kalamazoo, Mich., domestic partnership protections in Washington, and marriage equality in Maine. [Link]
Postedon Jun 13, 2009 at 01:36 pm
June 13, 2009
Michigan State Representative Pam Byrnes wants to change state law to recognize marriage equality. The Democrat from Washtenaw County's Lyndon Township was scheduled to launch an effort to repeal marriage discrimination at the annual gay rights Michigan Pride event at the state Capitol on Saturday. "No doubt, it will be a fight," Byrnes said, "but we're seeing some attitudes change." [Link]
Postedon Jun 08, 2009 at 01:48 pm
June 7, 2009
In what Glengariff Group pollster Richard Czuba describes as a seismic shift in public opinion, support for gay marriage has nearly doubled in Michigan since a similar poll in 2004. "Marriage equality is now where civil unions were five years ago," Czuba said. [Link]
Postedon May 19, 2009 at 03:41 pm
May 19, 2009
U.S. Rep. John Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, said Saturday in an interview with Michigan Messenger that the votes are in place in the House Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Gay rights advocates have been working to get the law repealed as more states pass laws allowing same-sex couples to get married. (Link)
Postedon Jul 18, 2008 at 10:59 am
July 18, 2008
As Michigan wages a mostly unsuccessful struggle to retain good jobs and well-educated workers, its policy of excluding gays (or exempting them from rights and privileges enjoyed by other citizens, which is the same thing) looks stupider with each passing day. [Link]