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Freedom Alert: We're Losing California Marriage

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October 16, 2008

The right of gay couples to marry in California will be lost on Election Day if current polling trends continue. Please watch this urgent message from Matt Coles, director of the ACLU LGBT Project, and forward widely.

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What happened? The opposition mounted a $30 million TV advertising blitz that was able to define the issue before we could. The right to marry in California will be decided by a small group of “movable” voters who don’t necessarily like the idea of same-sex marriage but aren’t sure whether they want to discriminate, either. The only way to effectively reach these voters is through massive TV ad buys. We are behind by some $10 million, and now we are behind in the polls.Those who want to eliminate the fundamental right to marry easily raised their $30 million through a nationwide appeal. They know that as California goes, so does the rest of the country. That’s why an all-out mobilization is happening to stop marriage in California. Meanwhile, many of us who believe marriage is a fundamental right have been complacent. Early polls showing we were ahead made us think Californians would do the right thing and vote no on this discriminatory Constitutional amendment.It is important that gay couples, their friends, family and civil libertarians in every part of the country come to California’s aid right now. If the right to marry can stand in California, it will pave the way for marriage in more states. But if we lose in California, the tide will turn against us. Please, do this for the sake of freedom. Go to to help, or make a gift here.

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