Vote No, Virginia

The Equality Virginia Commonwealth Dinner last nite totally rocked. Saw people I haven't seen in a while, got my little bit of political activism into gear for the year, and ate bad food and drank decent wine.

Two major highlights of the evening on the political side:

1. Hearing Chuck Robb speak and watching the C-Span video of him speaking against DOMA way back in the 90s. He spoke so well, and reminded of what real political leaders are supposed to be. What a shame he didn't go for a re-match with George Allen this year. I know he was tired and wanted to retire in 2000, and only ran for re-election because there was no serious dem challenger to Allen, but what a total shame that he won't come back. We need voices of sanity, reason, fairness, and justice like his.

2. The launch of VOTE NO, VIRGINIA. This is Eq Va's response to the madness that is Virginia's anti-marriage constitutional amendment. They raised money, (two couples donated 100k each on the spot), and introduced the leadership of the Commonwealth Coalition. Their primary person positively rocks. She was positive and eloquent, and presented a sincere belief that we can win this fight.

That's really what it takes. If we enter in a defeatist manner and say "oh no, wah, we cannot win, VA is too conservative (as many said in Tim Kaine's run for Gov), why waste the energy?" then all is lost anyway. If we put our best into play, if we educate and appeal to the wisdom and fundamental fairness of people, we can defeat this nightmare.

It will take turnout. Huge turnout. Negativity about the inevitability of losing will decrease turnout. Positivity about the real possibility of being the first state to reject an amendment against marriage leads to victory.

Donate to The Commonwealth Coalition. Even if you don't live in VA, this is a crossroads in the battle. If we can stop HATE in its tracks here, we will send a clarion call that the battle is joined, the tide has turned, and the forces of hate that have had so much voice in our society during the Bush Disaster will no longer dominate the debate.

The text of the anti-marriage amendment in Virginia can be found here.

Tags: 2006 elections, Gay Marriage, Virginia (all tags)

Comments

4 Comments

Here's to fighting the good fight

I live in VA, we can't let this go through.

by Pitin 2006-04-09 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Vote No, Virginia

DANG! All these folks voting no, but no commentary about it all? Come on.......

by daninvirginia 2006-04-09 04:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Vote No, Virginia

I don't see your effort succeeding. But if you do want to fight this amendment, what you are first going to have to do is convince the voters that gay people are "normal."

What I mean by that is that you have to erase the image that the far right will use in this campaign: effeiminate gay men wearing pink triangles, walking in thongs in San Francisco, with their rainbow flags, and chains. They will use the image of DC's DuPont Circle, having that bombard TV screens. They make it look like gay people are freaks, that they are sexually loose, and "unfit" to be parents.

For the "no" campaign to succeed what I would do is profile normal gay people, maybe even gay couples raising children, and so forth to show that gay people are more than the ones at DuPont Circle and in San Francisco. You will have to convince the voters that gay people aren't going to impose their values and that they just want to be left alone.

by jiacinto 2006-04-09 05:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Vote No, Virginia

That is, as best as I can tell, what the appeal is about. It's about families and security and being able to make medical decisions for your loved ones and being able to be solid members of the community, which most of us are!

Check out their website so you can see what they are about with this campaign. It really is tremendous.

by daninvirginia 2006-04-10 06:29AM | 0 recs

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