August 24, 2012
By Adam Bink
Hey P8TT, it’s been a long while. I haven’t found as much time to write in the past few weeks as I’ve been immersed more in organizing projects this year (Courage is co-sponsoring State Sen. Lieu’s bill to ban ex-gay “therapy” for minors in California, for example). We’ve had great success getting several bills through the California State Legislature on both LGBT and non-LGBT fronts in the past few months (specifically, Homeowner Bill of Rights, Election Day Registration, and a bill to translate signature-collecting petitions for ballot measures into all languages covered by the Voting Rights Act, with others still pending in session). But unfortunately it’s taken quite a bit of time away from here. I’ve had fun reading and commenting occasionally, though and hope to write more when the occasion strikes.
There is one project on which I did want to update everyone here. Earlier this week, Courage Campaign launched the Vote for Marriage Ballot. It’s a survey of where Courage should spend its greatest commitment on ballot measures concerning marriage equality this fall.
As many of you saw earlier this year with Amendment 1, and in 2009 with Question 1 in Maine, and in 2008 with Proposition 8, we and our members like to put our nose to the grindstone to win these votes. We go all in blogging, raising money, helping volunteers travel, getting out the vote, and more. However, that was the case with one measure at a time, and this year, there are four. Because we are member-driven and almost entirely member-funded, we continually poll our members on the direction we should take. And because we are an organization with limited resources, that means we need to know on which state we should place our biggest commitment — Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, or Washington.
Because everyone here is part of the Courage family and you all help drive a lot of our activism on these ballot measures, your input is needed. Please take a second to vote in the Vote for Marriage Ballot and tell us where we should place our biggest commitment. You can vote once per day through August 28th at 11:59 PM PST.
The campaign with the most support will receive a number of things including a commitment to raise at least $25,000, drive 50,000 voter contacts, and I’ll be loaned out to help the campaign win. Because we don’t believe in leaving any state behind, we’ll help every other state too, mobilizing in other ways. But we’re going all in for the campaign with the most support. We just are looking for your input on who that should be. Then we’ll go and help get it done.
Thanks for voting. Next week, we’ll have a survey up and running on how things are going generally here, and in late September, we’ll have some news about improvements to the site we’ve been working on over the past few weeks. Stay tuned!