Equality California Town Hall Meetings Seek Feedback on Marriage Messaging

Megan Kinninger, Program Manager for Freedom to Marry:

Last Thursday evening, I joined an online town hall meeting hosted by Equality California, as part of Let California Ring, a marriage public education campaign. This town hall was the first in a series of events to get input from activists on messaging to help repeal Prop 8. Details on upcoming events are below.

Key components of Freedom to Marry’s Roadmap to Victory are winning the freedom to marry in more states and building majority support for marriage. The vital work of Let California Ring, a coalition supported by more than 50 organizations including Freedom to Marry, is helping to achieve both goals.

The town halls are aimed at bringing people together to discuss the latest findings about messaging and receive feedback from the community on how to build the support needed to repeal Prop 8.

Marc Solomon, Equality California’s Marriage Director, kicked off the discussion with information from two new reports on messaging:

·         Moving Marriage Forward: Building Majority Support for Marriage,” an analysis of more than 75 different studies from the last five years on the issue of marriage by Freedom to Marry

·         What We’ve Learned About Messaging,”  findings from the canvassing work that has been done throughout California

Following the research overview, Marc, along with Let California Ring Board members, including Evan Wolfson, our Executive Director, fielded questions and suggestions from participants.  People were particularly interested in organizing efforts in communities of color and faith communities. Board members Ron Buckmire, Jordan/Rustin Coalition, and Reverend Sam Chu, California Faith for Equality, respectively discussed the intensive outreach efforts in the African American community and people of faith in California.  Participants also offered insights on how straight people particularly appreciate hearing about the specific ways committed couples face challenges due to exclusion from marriage. 

Don’t miss this chance to add your insights!  You can fill out this online form, comment on EQCA’s facebook page, or attend one of the remaining town hall meetings in California:      

·         Thursday, April 8th at the San Francisco LGBT Center

·         Monday, April 12th 7pm at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center

·         Tuesday, April 13th 7pm at the Equality California Inland Empire Field Office (Riverside)

As always, to learn more about what’s going on in California or in your state, and how to get involved, visit the states section of the Freedom to Marry’s website: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/states/