In 19 days voters in California will vote on whether or not to strip marriage rights away from same-sex couples. One of the most critical things that we can being doing now, besides contributing to No on Prop. 8, is talking to friends and family in California about just how much passage of this divisive amendment will hurt LGBT people and our families.
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) has compiled some fantastic resources that can help you talk to your California-based loved ones which you can find after the jump.
The health and well-being of LGBT people and their families is affected by the right to marry and by the denial of that right:
* Access to health insurance through a spouse is an important component of obtaining quality healthcare * Research indicates, at least for heterosexuals, that being married can contribute to overall health and longevity * Hospital visitation and decision making rights conferred by marriage are important to the quality of care * Children of LGBT parents benefit when their families are respected and accorded legal protections
GLMA endorses full and complete marriage equality for gay male and lesbian couples and opposes all legislative and ballot initiatives, state and federal, that would prevent or end marriage equality.
At this point in the battle to defend marriage equality the anti-gay forces have raised millions of dollars more than our side. The Mormon Church has flooded the state with hate-filled messages and contributions. If we lose in California, it will be an undeniable setback for our fight for full and equal treatment under the law.