Thursday, February 5, 2009

Please Don't Divorce Us

So Prop 8 passed in California, putting an end to gay marriages in that state. But what to do with the 18,000 gay couples who married prior to passage of Prop 8? On behalf of gay marriage opponents, Kenneth Starr--yes, the same attorney who prosecuted President Clinton--has filed legal documents with the California Supreme Court asking that they invalidate all 18,000 of those marriages.

To be sure, supporters of gay marriage have brought in their own legal muscle to argue for the preservation of those marriages. But on the softer side, an organization called the Courage Campaign has collected photos and videos from the gay couples, their friends, and their family and compiled them into a beautiful montage with a simple message: "Please Don't Divorce Us."

Touching :-)

hat tip: Joe.My.God.

1 comment:

Charity said...

I believe the video is touching but I don't see this video changing the hearts of many of the people who voted against Proposition 8. Stepping into the shoes of someone against gay marriage (I used to be one so its not that hard), I can see people becoming irritated and perhaps even outraged at the storyless people in the video montage. A more effective campaign for the votes (not the heart's and minds) would be to illustrate the reasons why a legal marriage certificate is important for people in committed relationships. Tell stories (heartbreaking mostly) of people who were unable to visit loved ones in the hospital or caring for an elderly partner when you have no legal recourse.

In addition, the videos are nice and easily spread, but only by people who support the message. Take a page out of evangelism's playbook and proselytize (gently of course, making out on street corners in NOT recommended ;-) My mind and heart changed only when I saw what rights a marriage license give and saw how hard it was to replicate those benefits lawfully!

Okay...stepping off my soapbox....(not that I deserve to be on one at all....)