Bloggers, activists, and concerned allies today are working to raise money to defeat North Carolina‘s anti-gay Amendment One, which not only would ban same-sex marriage via a constitutional amendment, but would removes legal protections and rights from both same-sex and opposite-sex couples and their children. This is the final week before voting day, May 8, although reports state early voting is high.
A Twitter-based fundraiser for today, started by Courage Campaign’s Adam Bink, to defeat Amendment One is underway, with at least two dozen opponents of the measure vowing to donate $1 for each new follower added until midnight tonight. Of course, yours truly is participating, so if you’re on Twitter, please make sure you’re following me: @davidbadash. I’ve also have been promised matching funds by the very generous Peter Flom. If you’d like to match me, let me know via Twitter or email.
Among the fundraisers today are political satirist & co-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead, and fellow bloggers Pam Spaulding, Scottie Thomaston, Joe Sudbay, Jeremy Hooper, Scott Wooledge, Bil Browning, Laurel Ramseyer, Lane Hudson, and of course Adam Bink.
Also joining the fundraising efforts are Andy Szekeres, Michael Crawford, Rick Jacobs, David Hall, Katherine Chesson, Rich Ferraro, Josh Wynne, Allison Palmer, Todd Beeton, Cameron Tolle, Nathan Henderson-Jam, Julia Rosen, Neil Pople, Andy Kelley, Rich Ferraro, CLP, Amy Bergquist, Nathan Henderson-Jam, Kathy Plate, Robyn Ochs, K. Travis Ballie, Ted Eytan, MD, AWOP Radio, and Nation Hahn.
There’s a Storify list of participants, too.
“It’s striking that proponents of the bill seem so blithely unconcerned about 50,000 families who need the protection of the state from their abusive, but unmarried, partners,” Scott Wooledge today writes, adding:
Proponents of the bill continue to call the danger to domestic violence laws “lies” but thus far no one other than their three paid hired legal guns-for-hire “experts” seems to be agreeing with them. Their “experts” practice in the areas of international law, military litigation, free speech, church and state issues. None of them appear to have any experience in family, criminal litigation, or constitutional law.
Here’s the final list of participants:
@adamjbink, @davidbadash, @dmcrawford, @joesudbay, @pamspaulding, @indiemcemopants, @tedeytan, @LizzWinstead, @clarknt67, @tlanehudson, @AndySzekeres, @kathyplate, @robynochs, @richferraro, @andekelley, @bilerico, @cooper888, @toddbeeton, @goodasyou, @KTravisBallie, @nathanhjb, @juliarosen, @denisdison, @notfakeandrew, @CourageCampaign, @davidhalldc, khj, @laurelramseyer, @pullenparkqueer, @allisonpalmer, @camerontolle, @alb68, @HRC, @TNEquality, @quietis, @rickjacobs, GetEQUAL, @waymonhudson, @chrismassicotte, @xavierla, @raylab, @blabbeando, @pghlesbian24, @madingbaum, @sandibehrns, @matt-thorn, @benjyraymunson, @joshco, @rockrichard, @KarlFrisch @AaronKrager
I’m proud and grateful to say that 122 people followed me on Twitter yesterday, making my goal of $100 easy to reach. If you’re one of them, if you shared this story, or if you helped in any way, I’m grateful. Thank you. And to the very generous Peter Flom, who graciously offered to match me, thank you. What a wonderful act of generosity and kindness!
UPDATE #2 Phil Reese at The Washington Blade is reporting more than 50 bloggers and activists were involved, netting the Coalition to Protect NC Families $43,000 yesterday. Outstanding!
Also raised? Hopes and awareness, and friendships.
To the two people on Twitter who told me I had better keep my promise (was there any doubt?) here’s proof — my donation receipt:
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