Michael Crawford

Marriage Fight in DC Heating Up

Filed By Michael Crawford | April 29, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement

The movement for marriage equality is building momentum at an amazing pace. The first gay and lesbian couples were married on Monday in Iowa. The marriage bill in Maine is being fast tracked and will be voted on in the state senate as early as this week. And, in DC the City Council will have the final vote on a bill recognizing marriages from other states next week.

But, don't think that the anti-gay opposition is standing still.

The National Organization for Marriage began running this inflammatory radio ad in DC last week.

Tuesday over 100 anti-gay conservatives, most of whom were not DC residents, held a rally opposing marriage equality that featured former DC mayor Marion Barry.

That's why the work that we do to build support for marriage equality in DC is so important.

Here are volunteer opportunities for this week.

1. Phonebank for Marriage Equality Wednesday, April 29th

Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: HRC building located at 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW

DC for Marriage is teaming up with HRC and Equality Maine to call voters in Maine to build support for their marriage bill. Maine could very well be the next state to legalize marriage equality. By helping them win, we help ourselves. Every step forward nationally makes our chances for winning marriage in DC that much better.

For more information, contact Katie Taylor at katie.taylor@hrc.org.

2. "I Do (Support Marriage Equality) In DC" - Saturday, May 2 @ Eastern Market

Time: 11am - 1:30pm
Where: Meet at the Starbucks across from the Eastern Market Metro Station.

RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=83478446868&ref=ts

Over the last three weeks, we have identified more than 2500 supporters in our pledge events. This is a great way for District residents to show support for marriage equality, and a great way for us to build our movement. Never done anything like this before? Don't worry. We will prep you with a brief training, a script and everything you will need to be successful. Talking to people face-to-face is one of the best (and most fun) ways to change hearts and minds.

For more information, contact Michael Crawford at michael@dcformarriage.org.

3. "I Do (Support Marriage Equality) In DC" - Sunday, May 3 @ Dupont Farmers Market

Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Where: Meet at the Krispy Kreme on Conn. Ave., just south of the Circle.

RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=75221293847&ref=ts

For more information, contact Jonathan Glassman at jhuntglassman@gmail.com.

4. Data Entry Monday - Monday, May 4

Time: 6pm - 9pm
Where: DC GLBT Center 1111 14th Street NW Suite 350

We are rapidly building a list of thousands of people who support marriage equality. Now we need to enter the data. If you have a laptop, please bring it.

For more information, contact Hilary Treat at htreat1@gmail.com.

5. DC for Marriage Goes to Pride Planning Meeting - Monday, May 4

Time: 7pm - 8:30pm
Where: 1402 12th Street NW

Capital Pride is rapidly approaching. DC for Marriage is partnering with Madison Hotel on a float and post-parade happy hour. We need your help making sure that DC for Marriage has an amazing float, visuals and tchotckes. The theme will be "I Do in DC."

For more information, contact Michael Crawford at michael@dcformarriage.org.

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