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LA Mayor Fights For Gay Marriage


Recent polls indicate that the right may be gaining more support in California, where they’re diabolically plotting to pass Proposition 8, a ballot measure intended on overturning this year’s gay marriage.

Frightened by such an illiberal prospect, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa today donated $25,000 to the gay cause and urged his fellow Californians to do the same. Wrote Villaraigosa in an open letter:

I entered politics because the America of my dreams includes everyone, not just a few.

I vow to vote No on Proposition 8 because I believe our civil society demands that we uphold — not eliminate — these fundamental rights. I believe all Californians deserve to be treated equally. And I believe that government exists to protect individual rights, not to undermine them.

I would like you to join me by digging deep and contributing whatever you can afford…

Mr. Mayor just got even more attractive.

We’ve included his full text after the jump…

“I entered politics because the America of my dreams includes everyone, not just a few.

Too many people have suffered injustice, discrimination, and inequality. It’s time to bring every American out of the shadows and into the light. Our laws should not be used to single one group out to be treated differently. Instead, our laws should guarantee the same fundamental rights to every Californian.

Same-sex marriage is the law of the land in California. In my legal capacity as Mayor of Los Angeles, I have proudly officiated many same-sex weddings since the Supreme Court ruling in June confirmed the constitutionality of these unions.

These are loving, committed couples who want to get married for universal reasons: they love, care for, protect and take responsibility for each other.

I vow to vote No on Proposition 8 because I believe our civil society demands that we uphold — not eliminate — these fundamental rights. I believe all Californians deserve to be treated equally. And I believe that government exists to protect individual rights, not to undermine them.

Unfortunately, polls now show that the anti-marriage equality “Yes on 8″ campaign is leading, just as vote-by-mail ballots arrive in voters’ mailboxes across California. The “No on 8″ campaign needs our help today to get the marriage equality message out on TV immediately. That’s why I’m taking a stand against Prop. 8 today by contributing $25,000 to the “No on 8″ campaign. And I would like you to join me by digging deep and contributing whatever you can afford – whether it’s $5, $50, $500, or $5,000 – to the “No on 8″ campaign on Courage’s ActBlue page right now

Opponents of marriage equality have blanketed California with misleading ads and have raised an unprecedented sum of money, outspending the “No on 8″ campaign by over $10 million. In fact, the “Yes on 8″ campaign received so many individual contributions, both large and small, that the sheer volume crashed the Secretary of State’s reporting system last Tuesday.

I know that many defenders of marriage equality just like you have contributed a lot of money so far to the “No on 8″ campaign — but we need to redouble our efforts now to match the flood of money raised by supporters of Prop 8. Californians from across the political and cultural spectrum have united to fight Prop 8 and defend fundamental rights ….

Our state constitution protects our rights. It should not be used to deny civil rights to anyone.

Please join me in supporting the No on 8 campaign. And tell your friends by forwarding this Courage Campaign message. Together, we can take a stand for the right of every Californian to marry the person they love.

Thank you for vowing to vote No on –and contribute to the defeat of — Prop 8.

Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor of Los Angeles”

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Oct 13, 2008
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  • 7 Comments
    • Charles J. Mueller
      Charles J. Mueller

      Thank you, Mayor Villaraigosa…not only for your very generous financial report but for the very heart-warming and touching open letter as well.

      It’s a sad commentary that those whose enjoy the liberties and privileges that Democracy affords them, would use that very same Democracy as a devisive tool to take the liberties and privileges of others away.

      How would the religious right and supporters of Proposition 8 feel, if a similar Proposition were initiated that would take away their right to worship as they please, just as they would take away our right to love whom we please?

      Oct 13, 2008 at 9:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JJ
      JJ

      I applaud the mayor, and somehow I just know that Ellen DeGeneres’ contribution is on the way!

      Oct 13, 2008 at 11:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • crazylove
      crazylove

      Good to hear.

      Oct 13, 2008 at 11:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DairyQueen
      DairyQueen

      Yeah he hit me up with a donation email yesterday. I told him to go ask Ellen and Melissa Etheridge and all the other Hollywood Elite.

      Oct 14, 2008 at 8:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Darth Paul
      Darth Paul

      That’s awesome!

      Oct 14, 2008 at 9:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggreen
      ggreen

      Good for him, he is unlike San Jose’s mayor “Chickenshit Chuck” Reed. Who wont support marriage equity.

      Oct 14, 2008 at 9:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Oct 14, 2008 at 9:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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