Why Marriage Matters

I don't know how people can watch stuff like this and still vote for Prop 8.

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Gay Wedding Ceremony (modified traditional)

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This might come in handy if you know a gay couple who are getting married, who are looking for vows but don't like the new-agey bullshit so prevalent out there or the "spouses for life" stuff. This is the Traditional Wedding Ceremony, but modified. No mention of Grooms or Brides, all pronouns changed to "him" and "his," and the conclusion, rather than "husband and wife" or "spouses for life" it is simply "husbands".

Celebrant:

We are gathered here today in the face of this company, to join together Tim and Alex in matrimony; which is an honorable and solemn estate and therefore is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently and soberly. Into this estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any one can show just cause why they may not be lawfully joined together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.

Celebrant to Tim:

Tim, do you take Alex for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?

Tim:

I do.

Celebrant to Alex:

Alex, do you take Tim for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honour, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?

Alex:

I do.

Celebrant: addressing Tim who repeats the marriage vows:

I, Tim, take you, Alex, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part.

Celebrant: then to Alex who repeats the marriage vows:

I, Alex, take you, Tim, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish till death us do part.

The Celebrant then asks for Alex’s ring from the best man.

Celebrant: (about Alex’s ring):

May this ring be blessed so he who gives it and he who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.

Tim: placing ring on Alex’s finger:

With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.

Celebrant: (about Tim’s ring):

May this ring be blessed so that he who gives it and he who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.

Alex: placing ring on Tim's finger:

With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.

Celebrant:

May this couple be prepared to continue to give, be able to forgive and experience more and more joy with each passing day, with each passing year. Tim and Alex, are now beginning their married life together, we hope that they may have loving assistance from their family, the constant support of friends, and a long life with good health and everlasting love. In so much as Tim and Alex have consented to live forever together in wedlock, and having given and pledged their troth, each to the other, and having declared same by the giving and receiving of a ring, I pronounce that they are husbands.

Celebrant: (to the couple):

You may now seal the promises you have made with each other with a kiss.

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Crushing the opposition

Defeating Prop 8 would win us the culture war. It's a blow the haters would never recover from. If you have ten bucks, please, help CRUSH THEM on election day.

Just ten bucks. Please. If all my readers give ten bucks each, that will be at least ten bucks! 

If you know a gay person, tell them they better donate more money. And I mean more money, like, they should give until it hurts. Because if they don't, and this prop 8 wins and becomes the law of the land, it will SUCK MIGHTILY for gay people ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.  This is NO JOKE.  How California goes, so goes the nation.

The haters know this, which is why so many of them are emptying out their life savings, cashing in their 401Ks and dipping into their kids' college funds to pass this measure! No, really, they really are doing this! Read for yourself!

"Pam and Rick Patterson have always followed teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and tried to live within their means. He drives a 10-year-old Honda Civic to his job at Intel. She is a stay-at home mom who makes most of the family meals and bakes her own bread. The couple, who have five sons between the ages of 3 and 12, live in a comfortable but modest three-bedroom home in Folsom. It's a traditional lifestyle they believe is now at risk. That's why the Pattersons recently made a huge financial sacrifice – they withdrew $50,000 from their savings and donated it to the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign, the ballot measure that seeks to ban same-sex marriage."

What more do you need to hear? They are desperate. But then again, SO AM I!

I've just given another $100. PLEASE give ten or twenty bucks. I promise you will feel great about it!

Thanks,
Tim

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Losing the money battle

Two days ago, if you had asked me, I would have answered that we might very well defeat prop 8. If you asked me yesterday, I'd have said, sure, it's going down.

I just got this from the No-on-8 campaign. I think we are gonna lose. Why? There's no way we can match this amount of money.

Dear Tim,

Yesterday, the other side reported donations of $2.2 million, dwarfing the $255,650 we reported, and called on their donors to contribute another $3 million.

With this enormous sum of money they are buying every available ad space on TV in California to blast even more of their hateful lies and prevent our messages from being seen.

Unless we raise $3 million in the next three days we will likely lose.

A campaign donor recently told me that their gift was five times more than they had ever given and suggested that everyone do the same. So today, I am increasing my donation to No On 8 to $50,000. I'm doing this because I know I must if we hope to win.

And I'm asking you to increase your gift too — at whatever amount you can, so that we can match the other side on the air. Please increase your gift today.

Last night the brilliant movie "Milk" premiered at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. The film is a poignant reminder of the ultimate sacrifice Harvey Milk made to advance our rights and how much Harvey, and so many others, gave to stop the Anita Bryant-led anti-gay movement that was sweeping the country and the Briggs Initiative — exactly 30 years ago.

It's now up to us to shape the next 30 years.

Thanks to each of you who have sacrificed in this critical fight for our equality. Please join me in making another gift and asking everyone you know to do the same.

It is that important.

With respect, admiration and appreciation,

Geoff Kors
Executive Committee Member
No On 8

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Help from Feinstein

Credit where credit is due. Thank you, Senator.

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Pumpkin

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Wassup Eight Years Later

2000

2008 (with all the same actors)

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