|May 3, 2011|
|Dear Terrence L, |
The Proponents of Prop. 8 have launched a new, multi-pronged attack to defend discrimination and bigotry. We saw their true stripes during the horrific campaign that stripped the freedom to marry from gay and lesbian Californians. Now, they have reached a new low.
They have filed two insidious motions. One is a blatantly homophobic attempt to throw out the historic decision that ruled Prop. 8 unconstitutional because the judge who presided over the case was gay. The other demands that the court forever conceal the video recording of the Prop. 8 trial.
We need to fight back and expose them for who they really are.
They are looking for every attempt to discredit a sound judicial proceeding and put the video evidence of their inept arguments under lock and key, hidden from public view.
It is said that sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. I know that if the American people can see the video of the trial first hand, if they can see how absurd their arguments really are and how little evidence they produce, they will realize that there is no rational reason for denying loving gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.
Please join me in signing an open letter asking the court to release the Prop. 8 tapes.
When you sign the letter, you’ll be joining a group of people who believe that everyone should have the freedom to marry.
The American Foundation for Equal Rights is the organization behind the federal challenge to Prop. 8. They brought together one of the best legal teams in the country, led by former Bush v. Gore adversaries Theodore B. Olson and David Boies.
Representing the politics of the left and the right, this dynamic duo is proving that marriage is not an issue that divides, but an American value that unites.
As a board member of this great organization, I know AFER is holding the anti-equality, anti-marriage forces accountable – fighting them both in the court of law and in the court of public opinion. But we need your help.
If you believe in transparency and equality, sign AFER’s open letter asking the court to release the Prop. 8 tapes.
Together, we will right the horrible wrong imposed by Prop. 8 – for the loving couples who are currently denied their constitutional right to marry, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth who are shunned because their own government does not recognize them as equal, and for everyone who believes that our great country was founded on the simple principle of equality for all.
Dustin Lance Black
Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director and AFER board member
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter The American Foundation for Equal Rights is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American. As the sole sponsor of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal court challenge of Proposition 8, AFER is leading the fight for marriage equality nationwide and building public support for the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian Americans. For more information visit www.AFER.org
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