Let's savor Friday's tremendous victory allowing same sex couples to get married in Connecticut.
And let's not forget the same feeling that we got when the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in May.
But these victories can be short lived if we do not defend them at the ballot box (and contribute generously to do so).
Beyond winning the presidency, the most important priority for LGBTQ Americans this year is to defeat three constitutional amendments that are critical for achieving legal equality.
The good news is that we can win all of these three constitutional amendments. The bad news is that considerable contributions are needed immediately. Check the updates on the three constitutional amendments.
CALIFORNIA- Prop 8
California's Proposition 8 threatens to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry. Defeating this amendment is critical not only for people in California, but for advancing legal equality in other states and at the federal level.
Polls 12 days ago showed that we were winning. However, more recent polls show that we are losing by 5 points due to a tremendous infusion in cash for ads by the opposition (the Mormon Church in particular). The opposition has raised $25 million versus the $15 million that we have raised. Their ads are spreading the lie that if the amendment is not approved churches would be required to marry same-sex couples. Of course, this is absolutely not true. But it is working very effectively.
Your generosity, at any level, to defeat this most important amendment is requested. Please contribute to No On Prop 8 now.
FLORIDA- Amendment 2
Florida has a proposed amendment, Amendment 2, that would not only ban same-sex couples from marrying (which is already forbidden by state law), but it would also forbid any type of "substantial equivalent" to marriage.
This would negate existing domestic partnership ordinances in several municipalities which would have a tremendous negative impact on couples, including non-married heterosexual couples.
The latest polls show that this amendment can be defeated because in Florida a super-majority of 60% is required to pass a constitutional amendment. Give to help defeat Amendment Two here: Say No 2.
ARIZONA- Prop 102
Arizona was the first state (out of 28) to defeat a marriage constitutional amendment in 2006. The extreme right is back at it with another amendment to forbid same sex marriage.
The same winning team that defeated the amendment is back again to help; they are doing the work for free. Therefore, every dollar you give goes to directly to ads and flyers to defeat the amendment. Give to Arizona Together.
We can win all of these three amendments. But more funds are urgently needed since the votes will be close.