263645581_bf9b2f9439_m.thumbnail.jpgCalifornia has a huge push going to say No on Prop 8, the referendum to ban same-sex marriage. This week  the first No on 8 commercial began airing on television statewide in addition to some big money donations coming in from the entertainment industry:

*Brad Pitt and the Steven Spielberg/Kate Capshaw household have each given $100K.

*Fran Dresher and her ex-husband, Peter Marc Jacobson, co-hosted a fundraiser/cocktail party that brought in $40,000 for Love, Honor, Cherish and Equality California, two groups fighting Proposition 8.

 Though Clay Aiken has come out of the closet, he  hasn’t come out for No on 8 yet. Neither has the now-out Lindsay Lohan. Tsk Tsk.

And if big out stars like Ellen and Elton (and the straight and lovin’ "her gays" Kathy Griffin) are giving to No on 8, they must being doing it very quietly.

At Tuesday night’s booking signing for Mitchell Gold & Mindy Drucker’s Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America— wow, Clay Aiken should read this book! and straight people too–No on 8 and get everyone to show at the polling place were the topics of conversation for guests like Queer As Folk‘s Steve Lowell, Crisis contributor Alec Mapa from  Logo’s reality series Transamerican Love Story, and Transamerican‘s star Calpernia, who is PLFAG‘s national spokesperson. 

But California isn’t the only state with ballot measure designed to allow  states to govern private lives. Florida has something on the ballot that also requires a negative response: Prop 2 which is disingenously named the "Florida Marriage Protection Amendment." 

Prop 2, which the Orlando Sentinel calls "a cynical attempt to bring out the conservative base in a presidential election year," not only continues to the Floridian ban on same-sex-marriages, it "declares that "no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."   

And in Arizona, Senator McCain’s constituency,  Proposition 102 intends toamend the Arizona Constitution with this addition: “Marriage – Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.” 

So far ten clergy have spoken out again Prop 102, including Episcopal Bishop Kirk S. Smith who wrote:

Prop 102 has nothing to do with upholding marriage and the family — after all, everyone supports that. Rather it is a much more insidious attempt to exclude gay and lesbian partnerships from full protection under the law. 

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.