Friday, November 07, 2008

Stand Up For Your RIGHTS!

Protests are springing up all over the place. Californians are NOT turning the other cheek this time. Proposition 8 may have passed (by the slimmest of margins), but unfair is unfair -- and we're speaking out. This would be the first time Californians voted to take away civil liberties from a group of their own citizens. Is this how California should be known to the world?!

It is hard to find a definitive list of upcoming events to follow the first few protests in Los Angeles at the Mormon Temple yesterday and the day before. But, here is one blogger who is doing a good job of it. I will post any other lists of protest sites I find as they become available.

Here in San Diego, there will be a rally and march tonight:

Friday, November 7th. Rally and march will begin at 6th and Laurel at the edge of Balboa Park and progress downtown to City Hall. Meet at the rally site by 9 p.m. (2100 for you military types.)

Then there is this information from a site called Saddleback 8 Protest:

Saddleback Church Prop 8 Protest!

No one’s religious beliefs should be used to deny fundamental rights to others,” said Lorri L. Jean, chief executive officer of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. “Our civil rights are inalienable.”

This peaceful protest will take place this Sunday (November 9th) at 10AM PST. Please spread the word!! Prop 8 is unfair and unconstitutional. A church’s definition of marriage should not be allowed to be applied to the whole population.

Rick Warren of Saddleback Church came out publicly in an email to his congregation telling them to Vote Yes on 8.

Please bring your friends - gay or straight. Christian or not. All who support marriage equality are encouraged to come show their support in front of one of the largest churches in America.

Bring your signs if you have them!

C'mon, San Diegans -- it's Orange County. It's not THAT far away!

Rick Warren had this to say about our rights:

Warren Endorses Prop 8 in California - October 29, 2008

CBN - Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has publicly taken a stand against gay marriage in California.

In an e-mail to his Lake Forest congregation, Warren endorsed the state's proposed constitutional amendment. It defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.
On Nov. 4, California voters will go to the polls to determine if they agree with it.

"We support Prop 8, and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support prop 8," Warren wrote. "I never support a candidate, but on moral issues I come out very clear."
"For 5,000 years, EVERY culture and EVERY religion -- not just Christianity -- has defined marriage as a contract between men and women," Warren wrote in the e-mail.

"There is no reason to change the universal, historical definition of marriage to appease 2 percent of our population. This is one issue that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on. Both Barack Obama and John McCain have publicly opposed the redefinition of marriage to include so-called 'gay marriage,'" he added.

"Of course, my longtime opposition is well known," he continued. "This is not a political issue, it is a moral issue that God has spoken clearly about. There is no doubt where we should stand on this issue."

"This will be a close contest, maybe even decided by a few thousand votes. I urge you to VOTE YES on Proposition 8 -- to preserve the biblical definition of marriage. Don't forget to vote!," Warren concluded.


And, in a very gracious move, the gay and lesbian community in Utah is staging a protest at LDS company headquarters. Read this interesting article to find out more about it.

I send out a big thank you to those Utahns who stand behind us in our fight for equal rights.

- T

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