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1. California is such a massive state, and not only in population. It is also the financial and social leader of the nation. If California votes to enshrine ant-gay hate in their constitution, it will set a horrible precedent for the rest of the US. Gay marriage may still be 20 years away in Oklahoma, but if Prop 8 passes, then LGBT equality may forever be delayed.
2. If Prop 8 fails, many LGBT folks may choose to vote with their feet and move to California. This loss of creative capital may just be the thing that pushes states like Oklahoma to rethink their policies.
3. If Prop 8 fails, California will be a testing ground for gay marriage. In time Americans can see that gay marriage is not a threat to straight marriage. (I just visited Canada, and I can tell you that nothing much has changed for straight society since gay marriage became legal… Canadian civilization is still alive and well.)
4. For those of us who are young, the fight for LGBT rights is the main civil rights struggle of our generation. Do you want to be able to tell your grandchildren someday, “I was nervous to do it, but I stood up for LGBT rights and the world changed,” or do you want have to answer the question, “why didn’t you stand up for what was right? Were you just like the majority of white people in the South who once stood silent during the days of Jim Crow?”
5. None of us are free, if some of us are not free. The sanctity of marriage and love itself is at stake here. If LGBT folks are denied their basic civil and human rights, then the institution of marriage for straight Americans is tainted.
We are all in the same boat together. To quote one of my heroes, Eugene V. Debs – “Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.”
I am proud to say that I have donated to the No on Prop 8 campaign. I hope that many more of us straight people from Oklahoma and surrounding states do the same. This is our fight too. As long as some remain oppressed, we are all oppressed.
(thanks to Rena for alerting me to the Write to Marry campaign)