Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Gay-Marriage Opponents Lead in Fund Raising

By MYLENE MANGALINDAN

Opponents of gay marriage appear to have taken a lead in campaign contributions on a California referendum, according to filings from groups on both sides of the issue.

Proponents of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage, raised about $3.7 million from Jan. 1 through June 30, according to state filings. In contrast, gay-rights activists who oppose the measure raised about $2.5 million through June 30.

The groups are battling over a divisive ballot measure slated for November that would amend the California constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman, thus barring same-sex marriage.

The measure was put on the ballot after the state's Supreme Court said in May that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. That paved the way for the legalization of gay marriage in California on June 17.

The voting on Proposition 8 will be close, pollsters predict.

Read the rest of the story here in the Wall Street Journal.

If we are going to protect our equality it is going to have to come in the form of donations to coalitions like Equality California. Here is a link to their donations page. Not everybody has to be on the front lines as an activist or spend hours every day blogging, but we all should do our part to protect the liberties we have.

2 comments:

massmarrier said...

Scary stuff...and it smacks of what the anti-SSM folk loved to claim here, all the out-of-state funds for a local issue. You're right, we need to cough up right now.

By the bye, as laurel has been quick to note on my posts, Equality for All is the clearing house for the good side in this issue. It has great info and takes donations for this as well.

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to post that link next to the other one. Great to have you here Marrier! ;)