Across the state, female leaders are coming together to oppose Proposition 8. In Oakland, Senator Boxer will be joining Representative Barbara Lee and Asm, soon to be Senator, Loni Hancock. In Los Angeles, Rep. Hilda Solis will be joined by LA City Councilmember Jan Perry and legendary labor leader Dolores Huerta. And in Sacramento, Mayor Heather Fargo and future Asm. Mariko Yamada will rally against prop 8 at the CTA headquarters. These press events express the seriousness of which our Democratic leaders take Proposition 8. Leaders like Reps. Solis and Lee understand the importance of this fight right here in California.
The future of gay rights will be decided on Tuesday, and that is no exaggeration. That is not to say that there aren't a myriad of other issues that we should be fighting for, but this is a vote which could set back marriage equality for a decade or more. And these brave women are standing up for the freedom to marry. Many of these leaders are not in competitive races this time, but it still takes guts to do this.
The one exception is Sacramento Mayor Fargo; she is in a competitive race against Kevin Johnson. She has been unequivocal in her opposition to Prop 8 and support for marriage equality. And she has been vocal about her support for the progressive position on a number of issues (No on 4, etc.). This is worth considering as the run-off for mayor of Sacramento concludes on Tuesday.
One more thing. In Sacramento, the event is being hosted by the California Teachers Association. CTA has gone above and beyond the call of duty this year. They have effectively run the campaign against the two ineffective, yet expensive "ToughOnCrime" measures, 6 & 9. They have been an asset to the No on Prop 10 campaign run by the Consumer Federation. And most importantly, they have been there for the LGBT Community, as not just the largest donor to No on 8, but also an active coalition partner. While we may have occasional disagreements on one policy or another, it is clear that CTA is a powerful force for positive change.