Oct 30 2008

Letter from Paul

And here’s another great letter directly from a former coworker, a friend and a very inspiring individual, Paul Hill. I featured his marriage to his husband Brad earlier this year. I am also very touched by this letter. Folks… this Proposition 8 thing affects me and my friends directly. If you support NO on Prop8, please take the time to donate today. My best, Michael

On June 17th, 2008, just after 8:30 in the morning, I married my longtime partner Brad Akin…again.

I had always told our daughter Alex that I would marry her dad the very first minute I could, and that’s what I did. In 2004, it took us about an hour and twenty minutes, and then that marriage was nullified. This year, we did it in under forty minutes.

But now, there are people who are trying to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California. It’s the California voters who are deciding, but it’s groups from out of state, who are sending millions of dollars to pass Proposition 8, which would amend the California Constitution to deny same-sex couples our hard-earned right to marry. Continue reading

Oct 30 2008

Letter from Anthony

I received this letter through MoveOn.org today. It was written by Anthony Romero, Executive Director of ACLU. I don’t always agree with MoveOn and I don’t always agree with ACLU, but this letter moved me and I thought I’d share it. Cheers! -Michael

Dear friend,

I’m angry and heartsick about what may happen in California on November 4th.

In the most personal way possible, I’m writing to ask you for a favor: help us ensure that gay couples all across California keep their fundamental right to marriage—the basic right to be treated just like anybody else.

I hope you will forgive the indulgence when I speak from the heart and tell you my personal story. Continue reading

Oct 30 2008

No on Prop 8!

Howdy friends and family,

I want to bend your ear a moment and ask for some help…

I live in California where there’s a measure on this year’s ballot called Proposition 8. If Proposition 8 passes it will amend California’s constitution to eliminate the right to marry for same-sex couples. I thought defeating Prop 8 would be a no-brainer since it actually eliminates existing fundamental rights for citizens. But unfortunately, the election is extremely tight due in part to scare tactics and misinformation the other side is using to promote their desire to eliminate their neighbors’ rights.

Never before have I involved myself in a political campaign, but I feel so deeply offended and personally threatened by this measure that over the last two weeks I’ve been volunteering my time and donating my money to help defeat Proposition 8. I believe it’s wrong to take away people’s rights. And I believe it’s dangerous to families to deny loving couples the right to marry. I believe we should all have the opportunity to find the person we love, to marry, to share all the rights and responsibilities of marriage and to have that commitment recognized and encouraged by our government.

So here’s where I’m asking for your help: If you, your friends or family are voting in California, and you are uncertain about this issue, I encourage you to contact me. I would truly appreciate an opportunity to put a personal face on things and to talk about any questions you may have (I especially want to make sure people aren’t confused by some of the other side’s confusing and false claims). If you, your friends or family are already voting NO on 8, THANK YOU so much for your support! Please remember to get out there and vote NO on 8 and please encourage the people you care about to vote NO on 8 as well. Every vote counts in this critical election!

Thank you for taking the time to listen and for your support. Take care and all my best to you!


If you want some more general info on Proposition 8:


If you plan to vote NO on Prop 8 or are out-of-state and would to like help the campaign:
1. Email folks you know and care about: http://noonprop8.com/messages?r=friend
2. Make a donation (the other side has raised a lot to spread misinformation; donations help us reach undecided voters who need to hear that Prop 8 is wrong and unfair): http://noonprop8.com/donate?r=friend
3. Volunteer time: Sign up to call undecided voters or help out get the word out on the ground across the state (or even phone bank from outside the state): http://noonprop8.com/volunteer?r=friend