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.
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.
Love & Thanks,
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.
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.