November 6, 2008

November 6, 2008
Marriage Discrimination in America

A few days ago, I wrote a blog about asking people to Vote NO on Amendment 2 in Florida.

I wish the news were better.

The results are in and, although the race is very close, it appears certain that Amendment 2 has passed.

While 62.2% of Floridians voted to add this language to the constitution, there is a silver lining to this fight.

There has never been stronger support for Domestic Partnership and Civil Unions than today in Florida. Every single poll has shown a broad and growing majority of Floridians believe in providing vital protections to unmarried couples.

We have built a strong coalition like never before. Our allies not only said NO to Amendment 2, they rallied and canvassed and phone banked and stood shoulder to shoulder in the field with us.

Thank you for your incredible commitment to the Fairness For All Families' Vote No On 2 Campaign. We may have lost this battle, but our state is moving toward fairness.

The extremists behind amendment 2 insisted over and over that it would have no effect on protections for unmarried couples. We'll hold them to their word and fight tooth and nail to ensure not one single person loses their health care or other vital protections because of this discriminatory amendment.

Over the past three years, the Fairness for All Families / Vote No On 2 Campaign has forged a powerful coalition of over 260 organizations representing millions of Floridians. And the most important part of our coalition is you. Especially now, they are going to need your continued participation in the struggle for justice and equality in Florida.

I are deeply disappointed right now, but I will never give up. Keep fighting until every family in our state has the same benefits and protections and thank you for standing with me.

Meanwhile media outlets have begun to report bad news for marriage equality in California. However, the Human Rights Campaign just participated in a conference call with coalition partners and I firmly believe that all votes should be counted before calling the race. Several million votes in California have yet to be counted. Now is not the time to speculate on somebody’s fundamental rights. So Iam waiting to see the final results from those ballots and will be issuing a statement after the race has been called. Please stay tuned.

In my personal life, I am still dealing with an infection and going back to see the doctor tomorrow. I am sure I need another course of antibiotics. To think this all started with having some dental work done.

Tonight, we had the bi-monthly meeting of my long term survivor men's group at Lutheran Social Services this evening. It was great meeting and it is always good getting together with the group.

I also have a ton of correspondence, emails and messages to return and have a full day of meetings and appointments tomorrow. If you are waiting to hear from me, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Hope you are having a great week so far. Drop me a line and let me know how things are going.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab