Thanks to all of our straight allies for standing beside us!
November 13, 2012
This week, Dan Savage launched "Straight Up Thanks," a great new Tumblr designed to acknowledge and applaud the straight people who stood up and fought for the freedom to marry in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. These people - our friends, our family members, our elected officials, even the President of the United States - voiced their support for ending the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and worked toward wins at the ballot because they understand the importance of the freedom to marry. They understand that their gay and non-straight family members and friends need this essential freedom to truly afford them critical protections and responsibilities, and that they deserve nothing less than marriage.
In his introduction to the Tumblr, Dan reflects on the fact that it is never a good idea to put fundamental freedoms and equal treatment of the minority up to a majority vote: That in the United States, we all have inalienable rights that are not subject to majority approval. But the fact is that we must play by the rules as they exist - and in many states, ballot measures are the law of the land.
Dan makes very clear that "Straight Up Thanks" is not about thanking straight people for "granting" rights to same-sex couples. But he does underline the importance of thanking these people for standing up, joining our fight, and working alongside us to defeat discrimination and champion fairness and equality for all families in this country.
"If you know a straight person in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, or Washington - if you know a straight in any state or in the District of Columbia - who donated money, phone-banked, went door-to-door, or took a political risk on our behalf, take your picture with that straight person, write a few words about what they did, and post it to www.straightupthanks.tumblr.com," Dan writes.
He continues, "We saw a huge breakthrough in the struggle for LGBT equality last week. And it wouldn't have happened without the help of so many righteous, kick-ass straight people. I'll bet every queer person reading this knows a straight person who they should thank. I certainly do. Thank them in a public way: go to www.straightupthanks.tumblr.com, click on 'submit a post,' share a photo, and thank a straight ally. Because we literally couldn't have done it without them."
Freedom to Marry joins Dan Savage and the dozens of people who have already contributed great photos to the "Straight Up Thanks" Tumblr in thanking all of the straight allies who helped make these marriage wins possible. A special shout-out goes to our straight allies on the Freedom to Marry team: our Director of Public Engagement Thalia Zepatos, our Director of Organizing Thomas Wheatley, our Communications Director Nicole Collins Bronzan, our Development Associate Sarah Moeller, and our National Engagement Party developer Laura Booth!
Our National Campaign Manager Marc Solomon added a few photos to "Straight Up Thanks" this afternoon. He wrote specifically about Thalia and Chris Kluwe, punter for the Minnesota Vikings (above, right) and Thomas Wheatley and Washington United for Marriage campaign manager Zach Silk (left).
He wrote about Thalia, "Thalia has been fighting on behalf of our community since the 1990s in Oregon, when she took leadership roles fighting anti-gay initiatives there. In the ballot fights, she organized the movement's research on messaging and responding to anti-gay attacks AND was key right-hand adviser to the Minnesota marriage campaign. She's such a stellar, powerful and committed leader."
Add your photos HERE to thank the straight allies in your life for standing up for the freedom to marry.