Alex Blaze

Marriage amendment funding

Filed By Alex Blaze | September 09, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Amendment 2, Arizona, California, Florida, gay marriage, lesbian, LGBT, marriage, marriage discrimination, marriage equality, Prop. 8, Proposition 102, same-sex marriage

Funding for and against Proposition 8 in California, the amendment to ban same-sex marriage (9/5 numbers, in millions of dollars):

ForAgainst Total
California $8.8$5.3$14.1
Out-of-state $4.0$5.0$9.0
Total $12.0 $10.2$22.2

In Arizona, amendment supporters have raised around $3 million. I can't find a comparable number for those working against their anti-same-sex marriage amendment, but the number from a month ago is $8,000. And that's not in millions.

These measures could use your help. If you want to help out, please visit California's, Arizona's, and Florida's amendment opposition sites.

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$8,000 versus $3 million?

You've got to be kidding me.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | September 9, 2008 8:38 PM

If you can't contribute money to the effort, click on the link and volunteer!

I've been doing outreach every weekend in San Diego. You'd be amazed how many folks--even in the gay neighborhood of Hillcrest!--don't know the initiative is on the November ballot.

It's going to come down to numbers: if they get more people to the polls than we do, not only will it bode ill for Obama, but it could mean that I won't see same-sex marriage in California in my lifetime.

I wonder how much money James Bopp Jr of Terre Haute is funnelling to the three states via Stand for Marriage and if that money is likely coming from Focus on the Family for which he is special counsel. But I guess we can be sure if Bopp is involved, it's legal.

I was in San Francisco this weekend at Lavender Law. Although the No on 8 groups obviously need money, they also need every single person who knows anyone in California to talk to those people about voting No on 8. It's not enough for friends and family members to know you are gay; you need to talk to them about why you're asking them to vote against Prop 8. This WILL make the difference, one person at a time.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | September 10, 2008 5:07 AM

This year is an especially difficult year for groups fighting anti-gay ballot measures. The possibility of putting a Democrat in the White House after 7 long years of Bush rule and the chances of increasing the numbers of Democrats in the House and Senate is taking lots of contributions that could otherwise go to fight these ballot fights.

The folks in Arizona are facing a really difficult situation in that in addition to having McCain on the ballot as the Republican presidential nominee, they also have to contend with California taking a lot of the available contributions from out of state.

Having said that, I do think it is disappointing that the LGBT community and our allies are not putting more financial and staff resources into fighting these amendments. If we lose California, it will be a strong blow to the movement and set us back years. We have won Arizona before and we with the proper resources should be able to win it again. And, Florida is such a key state from a presidential perspective and could decide whether we get Obama or McCain in the White House.