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My Birthday Wish

(Proudly cross-posted at C4O Democrats)

In case you didn’t know, my birthday is tomorrow. Yay. When I was little, I’d always be excited about a day full of celebration, gifts, and sheer bliss. Now, I just notice myself getting older… And hopefully a little wiser with each passing year.

I guess one reason why I haven’t been excited about my upcoming birthday is that I have far too much on my mind to be caught up in any self-celebration. I have personal and family issues to deal with. I have to think about how President Obama’s economic recovery package will affect my family and how to take advantage of that. Oh yes, and there’s that other issue… The issue of my own civil rights.

Yes, that’s right. The oral arguments for the Prop H8 lawsuits are this Thursday, just two days after my birthday. Strange timing, isn’t it? Can it be a good sign of what’s to come? I hope so. But whatever happens in court, we need to be ready to keep working.

If the court upholds H8, we can’t just walk away in sorrow. We must work our hardest to win back our civil rights. The vote last November was close, so all we need to do is gain 4% to literally reverse the results and win 52% for marriage equality in California. And with all the new enthusiasm building up in the LGBT rights movement, I know we can channel all this good energy into a winning campaign.

But of course, I’m personally hoping that the California Supreme Court pays attention to what our side’s lawyers say and finds that Prop H8 truly is unfair, unconstitutional, and a dangerous precedent that could undo all the advances made in civil rights for LGBT people, ethnic minorities, religious minorities, disabled people, and women if allowed to stand. And while there isn’t direct precedent in the court overturning this exact type of initiative, they have in the past overturned other “constitutional amendments” that they’ve found to be in direct contradiction of the state constitution’s guarantee of equal rights for all. So really, we’re not hopeless this week.

But again, we need to be prepared to keep going regardless of how the court decides. If the justices punt this issue back to the voters, we need to make our large minority for equal marriage rights into a real voting majority. If they decide to undo the damage of H8, we need to reassure people that this is the proper role of the judiciary, to ensure that our highest expression of the will of the people, the constitution, is being protected.

So please, if you can, support the good people working hard to protect our constitutional rights. If you’re in California, support Courage Campaign and their brand new Equality Hub that’s here to help us organize for equal rights, as well as groups like Equality California that are working hard in the courtroom, in the capitol, and on the streets to fight for our rights. And no matter where you are in the nation, please support groups like NCLR and ACLU that are in the courts and on the ground across the nation to defend and protect our constitutional rights.

Yeah, yeah, my birthday is tomorrow. If you’d like to help me celebrate my big day, please do so by supporting the cause of equality for all. And even if you don’t give a damn about my birthday, please support the cause nonetheless because it’s the right thing to do.

We can’t allow any of our citizens to be treated as “second-class” simply because of who they are. No matter their race, gender (including gender identity), religion, or sexual orientation, all our citizens should be treated equally under the law. So please help us take a major step in this direction by making victory happen in California… And making my birthday extra happy this year. Thanks.


  1. First and foremost, enjoy your day and your life.  All the rest fades into obscurity in the end.

    You are hitting the right note, and the one that I believe will be the deathnell of HLS (Homophobic Legislation Syndrome): “Civil Rights”.  When this (these) propositions got passed in Nov we were not paying attention but the opposition was out in force.  Those times are changed, and I really do think that the loss we suffered may in the end be a blessing: it woke up a lot of folks who sort of figured this issue was already behind us.

  2. fogiv

    Spend time with loved ones, relax, treat yourself to something nice.

    Rest assured, H8 will be overturned.  I don’t know when, or even exactly how, but our GLBT brothers and sisters will at long last have the equality they deserve.  It’s inevitable, so long as we all keep working.

    How’s it feel to be 19 again?  😉

  3. Hollede

    Ani’s B day is Thursday, so I hope that helps you feel better… Even though we live in Minnesota, I am hoping for a real nice gift from California for her and you and me (even tho my B day was several months ago).

    I do not know much about the case or the law, but it seems to me that rights given cannot be taken away.  

  4. KLRinLA

    birthday wish!  I think we have the law on our side.  If it does get kicked back to the voters, I think we’ll get a different result.  It was close before and then we learned how people made mistake with the double negative (no on abolition), and how Obama had essentially won so some didn’t vote(and those lazies who know CA was surely going blue).  We also elarned that the No on Prop 8 did not have the best GOTV strategy/logistics, so room for improvement.  We also have the massive dissappointment to light a fire under our asses this time around.  

    I have been wrong, like once I think, but we have a good odds.  

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