A message from the Orange County Equality Coalition:
"Remember the moment in "Milk" when a question is posed as to how many signatures would be needed to get the Briggs initiative on the ballot, someone states:
"Whatever it is, they'll get it in two Sundays at church in Orange [bleeping] County."
"You may say, well, that was the 70's and much has changed. We here agree, but as Nietzsche claimed "It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation." This point is not lost on Gus Van Sant himself who said about his casting of Orange County as a villain in Milk: "I have nothing against Orange County personally, but I think the question that needs to be asked is: 'What does Orange County have against the gay community?"
"Alas, as we courageously wade through the still standing yellow signs that so many OC folks feel proud to have installed as permanent fixtures, right along side their weathered lawn jockeys, I ask you in the least, to watch and rate our little "film". (We need the ratings in order to win! [This is part of Freedom To Marry's Marriage Matters video contest]). The cash prize would be great, but more importantly, media exposure for Orange County, considered by some "as an intolerant patch of scorched earth" would be invaluable for us all."
The Orange County Equality Coalition is having a special guest lecture from David Codell, an attorney on the team that wrote the brief to the California Supreme Court, resulting in the 15 May 2008 decision ruling that denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry is unconstitutional. In addition, they're screening the Oscar winning "The Times of Harvey Milk" this Saturday, February 28th. Go to their Facebook event page for more details!
OCEC's Marriage Matters film: