• An update on a previous story I wrote about Knobbe Martens, the law firm for whom I used to work. While I included the $25K+ worth of contributions to Yes on Prop 8, I neglected to mention that there were at least $2K of contributions to No on 8. So, to those attorneys at Knobbe who stand on the side of equality: Thank you.
• Here are some photos from a No on Prop 8 fundraiser in LA last night. I think in one of those pictures you can see former Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Nunez dancing the Robot. Get Funky! The event raised about $3.9 million for No on 8, including some interesting fundraising techniques and performances from Melissa Etheridge and Mary J. Blige. From Karen Ocamb at Bilerico:
Bruce Cohen, the Oscar-winning producer who co-produced the event, brought her back onstage to announce that a gay couple was pledging $50,000 if Etheridge would sing at their wedding. She said yes and the crowd erupted in applause.
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With heads bobbing, and couples clutching each other's hands, Bruce Cohen dancing wildly, the scene looked and felt more like a secular revival than a political concert. Blige opened up about how she had survived being her own worse enemy, when on one would accept her - and "you say, 'No more...no more pain, no more tears..." as tears started welling up in the eyes of those listening, identifying. "I chose to win!" she said, raising her fist in the air - to screams of glee and thunderous applause.
• And here we have another lying Prop 8 video. Despite the fact that California law allows parents to pull their students out of any class they deem objectionable, despite the BYU law professor who wrote that these claims were not true. This isn't subjective. This isn't open to various opinions. This is the law. And the Religious Right is lying to you, to me, and to 37 million Californians.
It's up to all these Californians to see through the lies of the Religious Right. It's up to us to say that they can't come to California from Utah, from Colorado, from wherever and change our laws and to write discrimination into the constitution. It's up to Californians to say No on Prop 8, we treat all Californians equally.