Sunday, October 09, 2005

Off the Kuff: The grassroots movement on Prop 2

Off the Kuff: The grassroots movement on Prop 2

This Chron article gives the best reason why those who oppose the Double Secret Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment, also known as Proposition 2, need to get out and vote on November 7:

"This is unique, historical. Nothing like this has happened in Texas. Most people don't know it's going to occur, and that's the fear," said Kelley Shackelford, one of [Texans for Marriage Political Action Committee]'s founders.

Similar measures against same-sex marriage were on the ballots of 11 states last November, and all passed. Texas is the only state this year where voters will consider measures defining marriage.

"If you had a huge turnout, there's no doubt in my mind, Texans are solidly behind keeping marriage between a man and a woman," Shackelford said. "I can't tell you whether they will show up or not. Anyone can win."

Don't wake up on November 8 with a case of the coulda-shouldas. This is important.

And this is the saddest thing I've read about the Prop 2 debate:

Shackelford says support for banning same-sex marriage crosses usual political and philosophical lines. Though socially conservative issues often are associated with Republicans and white evangelicals, this measure appeals to people regardless of their party affiliation, economic status and ethnic background, said Shackelford, who is white.

Willie Davis, the senior pastor at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and a supporter of the amendment, agrees. "This is not the normal right, evangelical fight. We are supporting it because of our biblical beliefs," said Davis, who is black. "That's not a principle we adopted because it's on the ballot. That's something we always believed in. I would hope we do not rewrite history as to what the creator has already defined."


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