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Tacit Hydra posted a compelling call-to-action the other day, about phone banking to support marriage equality in Maine and domestic partnerships in Washington.

You can call from anywhere in the US, and I gather that most calls are to supporters of equality who just need a little nudge to remind them to go vote.

Here are a couple of bits from TH's entry:

The fantastic thing about phoning from home is that you are not going into battle—remember, you are not a warrior, but a scout, a messenger.

[...] it is turnout that will determine both these ballot battles.

[...] If Washington wins, the entire west coast of the U.S. will have marriage-like rights for its citizens. If Maine wins, it will be the first time in U.S. history that equal marriage has been defended at the polls.

She also notes that, if nothing else, people need to be given important and useful information, such as: "to support equality, should they vote YES or NO on the proposition? In Washington it's YES; in Maine it's NO."

If you're not up for phoning, you can of course still donate money, or help spread the word. When I was in Washington a couple weeks ago, half of my relatives had never heard of Ref. 71.

In both states, the latest polls I've seen have shown just barely over 50% favoring equality. It's going to be close. Please help if you can.

For more info:


The other most inspiring piece I've seen recently was a video from Maine's hearings back in April, in which an 86-year-old Republican WWII veteran talks about freedom and equality, and about his four sons, one of whom is gay. You can view the video by following that link; or for those who can view videos in my entries, here it is:

Inspired? If so, go sign up to help.

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