Public Service Announcement


Hi there. I am stepping out of my travel writing for a moment to ask for your help. I feel very strongly that the upcoming election is the most important one of our lives, and will largely determine what kind of country we are to be going forward. I am feeling some comfort that at least on a presidential level, we will make the right choice as a nation. But recent polling out of my adoptive state of California has me worried. As you may know, the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in May, finally making gay and lesbian residents full and equal citizens in the state of California. Unfortunately the culture warriors on the extreme right have put an initiative (prop 8) on the ballot to repeal this fundamental right and write discrimination into the California constitution.

This is truly the last gasp of the hate mongers (at least with respect to equal rights for gay people). With fast growing support for equal rights among the general population, they know that their time is running out. While I fully believe equal rights for gay people in the US will one day become a reality, if this amendment passes that reality will be set back by several years. If they should lose this battle we will see countrywide equality much sooner, as California is a often a bellwether for the rest of the nation.

Initially, it looked like this proposition would go down to an easy defeat. But the right wing YES on 8 campaign has vastly outspent the NO forces on ad buys, and the most recent polling now shows them to have a lead. We need to raise more money and awareness quickly if we are to win. I am asking anyone out there who may have found interest or enjoyment from this blog to please make a small stand for my equality. If you live in California, please make sure you are registered to vote and vote NO on prop 8. If you can afford to give a little bit of money, please do so at the following website:

Thank you! We will now return to our regularly scheduled programming…


  1. Kelly M says:

    I did just that and have a yard sign in front of my house, seen by 40,000 cars a day. It’s a busy street. My little corner of the world, though, is healthy with Obama and No on 8 support.

    The hate continuing to spew forth from those who would call themselves Christians astounds me.

  2. Stephen says:

    Thanks Kelly!

  3. Celia says:

    We are covering the Eagle Rock area and have made a donation, but found that our street was littered with “YES on 8” propaganda this morning. Sigh…

  4. Stephen says:

    Keep up the good work, and thanks!