Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover

Elections 2008 Conference Calls

Filed By Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | September 15, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Betsy Markey, election 2008, election campaigns, eQualityGiving, LGBT civil rights, Linda Ketner

eQualityGiving is organizing a series of conference calls with equality leaders to cover our top giving priorities for the 2008 elections.

The series of five calls (maybe six) cover three main priorities:


  • The Presidency

  • Constitutional amendments in California, Florida, and Arizona

  • Endorsed Candidates who are pro-equality

Read more details and how to join these free calls.

The next call will be with Betsy Markey, an eQualityGiving endorsed candidate, who can defeat Marilyn Musgrave. As you know, Marilyn Musgrave is the #2 candidate to defeat (after John McCain). She not only is the author of the Federal Marriage Amendment, but its main promoter. When even republicans did not believe in a Federal Marriage Amendment, she kept pushing for it until Karl Rove and President Bush embraced it and ensured that it was put for a vote several times. Electing Betsy Markey, not only replaces an anti equality member of Congress but it brings a totally pro-equality candidate to Congress---which we know how important it is for the future of our equality.

Then there will be a call with three leaders of the three constitutional amendments that we face this November in California, Florida, and Arizona. They will discuss the status of their campaigns. We can win, but it will take lots of money and help. Winning is critical for our equality.

The next two calls are with two other eQualityGiving Endorsed Candidates that you said you wanted to hear from the most:

  • Nick Carter (D-WY). Nick is totally pro-equality and is running for US Senator from Wyoming. He is neck to neck with the Republican opponent (who was never elected). This is a senate seat that we can pick up with little money.
  • Linda Ketner (D-SC). Linda would be the second openly Lesbian member of Congress. Her dedication to equality and our movement has been extraordinary. For years, she has been a very generous donor to equality in South Carolina and across the country. Now, it is our turn to help her out.

All the calls allow time for Q&A. The schedule of the eQualityGiving Elections 2008 conference calls is available here. You can sign up here to receive information in advance of each call.


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Go, Betsy, go! Also met Linda Ketner at Convention and she was fantastic.

I met Betsy Markey at the DNCC too. She was a joy to talk to and I hope to see her guest posting in the near future.