The National Marriage Boycott, a student-driven movement to urge President Obama to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, is gaining traction and is now up for an $10,000 award to further their efforts. To win, however, they need your vote.
Students at Stanford University organized the National Marriage Boycott in response to the passage of Proposition 8 and the election of President Obama. The students say they have created an active and visible way for equality-minded Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, to show their support for equal marriage rights.
Participants boycott marriage by signing an online pledge, wearing an equality ring and vowing not to marry to symbolize their commitment to winning full LGBTQ rights on the federal level.
The non-profit organization is up for the $10,000 award from Ideablob, a site that gives awards to various different social entrepreneurship ventures - and the National Marriage Boycott is looking for your vote. The winner is determined by the idea that gets the most votes by the end of August.
In an interview with Patrick Sauer of the Huffington Post, one of the directors of the NMB, Alexis Ortega, said "those boycotting marriage are making a personal sacrifice by refusing to participate in a discriminatory institution."
The organizers also say
Now is the moment in American history when same-sex couples have the opportunity to achieve equal rights under the law. However, in order for a minority group to achieve equal rights, progressive members of the majority must stand in solidarity with them.
Stepping into the shoes of past conscientious objectors, boycotters and civil rights activists, we deliberately forego this privilege until it is truly a right for all. We the undersigned vow to boycott marriage until the United States government repeals DOMA.
We won't, until we all can.
If they win the $10,000 award from Ideablob, they say the money will go towards helping spread their movement by opening locations across the country and further their grassroots movement of progressive social change for all Americans.
You have until the end of August, and it's just one mouse-click away. If you like the idea, head to Ideablob and vote.