The Fight for Marriage Equality: 30 days later

Posted by at 11:34PM

THIRTY DAYS LATER, Barack Obama is our President, but the battle for Marriage Equality in CA goes on.

Proposition 8 passed by a slim margin of roughly 52% to 48% but the California Supreme Court will soon be considering lawsuits that seek to invalidate the Proposition, which some say “is a substantial revision of the state’s Constitution, and therefore requires legislative approval”.

Back on the Stanford campus, vigorous activism and debates continue to evolve. Seven days after the election, the Stanford BSU (Black Student Union) organized an open discussion titled “Blacks and Prop 8: Why Did So Many Blacks Vote Yes?”, asking students and community members to take a deeper look at “what’s behind the Black community’s support of the Ban on Gay Marriage”. Student members of BlaQS (Black and Queer at Stanford) also met separately to explore BlaQS’s role in facilitating these challenging conversations, and to draft open letters to larger community regarding the intersection of black and queer issues.

In mid-November, a Stanford undergraduate sent an e-mail to the_diaspora@ titled “Call me wrong, call me narrow-minded….”, where she stirred up further controversy and garnered a litany of replies. Similarly, a recent Stanford Daily op-ed post titled “The Right Angle” has received dozens of comments online.

Thirty days later, student activists at Stanford continue to organize, from planning future discussions on these topics, hoping to draw members and panelists from a diverse set of people of color, religious, and queer communities. We are also taking part in ongoing efforts to transition from work on Proposition 8 to the larger Marriage Equality campaign. For example, a number of Stanford students attended this week’s Peninsula Marriage Equality Coalition town hall meeting in Palo Alto, and early next week the Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation plans to hold office hours in the LGBT-CRC to re-focus and re-group student efforts in this space.

Thirty days later, what can you still do?

Donate money to help save Stanford’s Campaign for Marriage Equality.

Donate time to help organizing future discussions & events next quarter and beyond.

Start new conversations and keep on talking. Share the Prop 8 Musical with your friends or tell them about what you learned as part of Trans Awareness Week (archived on the Emma Goldman blog). When you go home after finals, wear your limited edition, purple “No on 8” tee shirts with Pride!

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One Response to “The Fight for Marriage Equality: 30 days later”

  1. Jackie Union says:

    As a marriage and Relationship Counselor, I have had the honor of helping many gay couples re-unite.
    The attitude of the black community towards gay marriage, and relationships in general, has always been pretty firm against.
    I only speak of my experiences here. I do not pretend to know why the blacks in the Stanford community voted for the ban.
    I think it is admirable that BlaQs and the Stanford BSU are working on positive ways to change this attitude.
    No healthy relationship need suffer due to someone else’s ideology.

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