2008: Concerned about Prop. 8 losing ground, Villaraigosa jumps in with letter and $25,000 donation / PolitickerCA.com

Here are my comments posted to this article on the publisher’s news site:

I’m glad the Mayor Villaraigosa is worried about the passage of Proposition 8, but that reassures me that it will pass. Too many good people working together are making sure that the United States does not become the next Europe. They are in the long process of telling their supposed cultural elites in the film, media, political, and educational establishments that they don’t need them. They are forming their own very different cultural elites who are just as educated as the old versions, but who believe in God, know that there is good and evil, and believe western civilization is worth saving. We want gays and lesbians of faith and good will to join us in the task, not attaching themselves to to dying civilization for political means.

My suggestion to the Prop 8 supporters is that they feature Mayor Villaraigosa in the next pro-proposition 8 advertisement. It would be as amusing as that of Mayor Gavin Newsom, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNaHpHl3t8g and would probably have the same impact, moving 5% more undecided voters into our camp.

Mayor Villaraigosa has, sadly, certainly ruined any future career as Governer or any statewide office by this lack of judgement. Let’s just say he is now as likely to succeed in any higher office as Gavin Newsom himself.

When will people remember that, when you examine voting patterns by county, California is a massive red state with a strange blue fringe on some spots along the coast. Thank God, the demographic groups that are growing in California are Blacks (who will vote for Barak Obama and also for Proposition 8), Catholics, Evangelicals, Latter-day Saints, orthodox Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, the high number of hispanic Evangelicals (coming from Mexico and Central and South America), the many Asian Evangelicals (moving here from Korea, China, the Phillipines), and the rapidly-growing Eastern Christians (arriving from the middle east). These groups are not offset by the educational post-modernist intelligentia and religious pluralists, agnostics, and athiests, with birth rates lower than zero .California will be a red state within our lifetime; and we invite and gays and lesbians of intelligence and good will to work with us in restoring our civilization to its healthy state.

Mayor Villaraigosa’s letter says “together, we can take a stand for the right of every Californian to marry the person they love.” If a mayor had said those words a generation ago, it would have been assumed that the “person they love” was a man or woman of the opposite gender. Unless we draw the line here and now, his letter in five years will say “the right of every Californian to marry the person, people, entire groups, little children, teenagers, dogs, horses, and sheep they love.”

I could not resist.

See the original of this article on the Politickerca.com website at this link.

Love & Thanks,

Steve St.Clair
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Concerned about Prop. 8 losing ground, Villaraigosa jumps in with letter and $25,000 donation

By Jeff Mitchell

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa jumped fully into the Prop. 8 fray Monday, sending out a statewide message via the
Courage Campaign, a grass- and netroots activist organization, urging people to defeat the measure.

The popular Democratic mayor, who is thought to be actively considering a run for governor in 2010, also announced he was personally donating $25,000 to the effort directed at getting voters to reject the initiative that would permanently codify marriage in the California Constitution as being strictly between a man and a woman.

“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,” Villaraigosa wrote.


Here’s the mayor’s full letter:

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
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2 responses to “2008: Concerned about Prop. 8 losing ground, Villaraigosa jumps in with letter and $25,000 donation / PolitickerCA.com

  1. Double Blink

    Defining marriage as between one man and one woman is not taking away anyone’s rights. The definition simply distinguishes a union that is biologically capable of producing its own children. Whether a married couple has children or not, I feel like this deserves a separate name–even the potential is kind of a miracle.Actually this definition can be seen as the ultimate expression of equality our society has to offer: it takes one man and one woman. One could see a lesbian union as a marginalization of men, or a homosexual union as a marginalization of women.Equality is especially important when it comes to raising children. Children deserve/need a father and a mother. Neither parent should be marginalized.Yes, many children are already growing up in single-parent homes. Prop 8 should be a reminder to everyone that as a society we need to assist and strengthen families as much as possible. Really, as a society we should be most concerned with the success and health of our families.http://emiliadelmar.blogspot.com/2008/10/legislation-and-social-issues.htmlpeace out.

  2. Villaraigosa has long been associated with policies that strengthen the middle class. He’s insistent that the government, both local and federal, help people move up from poverty. He is endorsing Senator Hillary Clinton for president, in part because she understands the need to invest in infrastructure in cities across the nation.————Nickysam< HREF="http://www.drivenwide.com" REL="nofollow">viral marketing<>

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