Thanks, and onward for marriage equality

by: Adam Bink

Fri Feb 12, 2010 at 10:45

ActBlue's list of top fundraising committees in 2009 came out earlier this week, and what really caught my eye was that the No On 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign raised the most out of any campaign when ranked by total contributions. That's first among all campaigns, legislative or electoral, candidate or issue-based, with nearly $1.4 million raised from over 17,000 people. That includes over $8,000 here at OpenLeft's Better Democrats 2010 page.

I'll never be able to say it enough, but thanks to all of you who dug deep and chipped in, both to the campaign directly and to send me to Maine to work on the ground. As I've written here repeatedly, we came very close, and lost by what I've called a field goal in what was otherwise a top-notch campaign. Since then, we've had other losses, but we've also successfully fought off attempts this week to repeal marriage equality in New Hampshire and Iowa. At the Creating Change conference in Dallas at which I spoke over the weekend, I had some great conversations about infrastructure-building in the marriage movement (example: Freedom to Marry launched a new website yesterday with some great tools); went to an interesting presentation on the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Vote for Equality campaign, which has engaged in door-to-door persuasion and message-testing with Yes on Prop 8 voters over the past year in LA; and had some good meetings with folks around repeal plans in other states with constitutional amendments on the books.

So thanks for all your support for to protect marriage equality in Maine, and we're moving forward across the country with your help.

Adam Bink :: Thanks, and onward for marriage equality

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Yes, But Money Isn't Enough (4.00 / 1)
It is heartwarming how many people were willing to contribute.

But what we need every bit as much as money is talk. Lots of talk.

If you're a law-abiding, tax-paying gay American, come out, be out, let everyone you know know who you are. Let them see you as, well, an American man or woman who's different in one way but in most ways just like most of your relatives, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

And if you're a straight ally, speak out for equality to all those around you. Don't lower your eyes or sit silently when you hear prejudiced statements from your relatives, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. Let them know why you believe in equality in marriage, at work, in the military, and everywhere in America.

We'll still need lots of money for organizing and advertising in the coming years, and everyone will need to contribute as much as they can. But talk is free ... and it can be just as valuable.


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