Friday, August 14, 2009

EQCA Announces Matching Dollar Donation Challenge to Support Maine's NO on 1 Campaign

In its announcement Wednesday that it will support a 2012 campaign to bring marriage equality back to California, Equality California indicated that it would put resources behind the marriage equality "ground zero" fight in Maine.

Well, they didn't waste time. In an email sent out to its members today, EQCA's Executive Director Geoff Kors announced a matching-dollar fundraising drive to support the NO on 1/Protect Maine Equality campaign.
Dear EQCA Member,

The same people who ran the right-wing effort to take away our rights here in California have a new target: Maine, which will be voting in less than 80 days on whether or not to protect marriage equality.

Frank Schubert, who ran the Yes on Prop 8 campaign, the National Organization for Marriage, producers of the "Gathering Storm" video, and Focus on the Family, have banded together to overturn the right of same-sex couples to marry in Maine.

This group of extremists have raised more than $340,000, more than twice the amount raised by NO on 1 / Protect Maine Equality.

We must fight back. Make a donation now to protect Maine's Freedom to Marry now and Equality California will match your donation dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.

A victory in Maine is essential for victory in California. We are all connected so we need to continue the national momentum toward marriage equality.

Everyone deserves the right to marry the person they love. Please, make a donation now so same-sex couples in Maine can retain their right to marry.

In solidarity,

Geoff Kors
Executive Director
Equality California
Whether or not you support EQCA's decision on the California marriage equality struggle, you will be hard pressed to be against this generous offer to help those in Maine.

The Los Angeles Times has already reported on this fundraising drive, saying that California's marriage equality battle has a new target: Maine. The phrasing may imply we're not focusing our efforts here anymore, which is not true, but its message is correct. We DO intend to support our community in Maine.

Donate here if you want your dollars to be matched by EQCA.

1 comment:

  1. Well, yes, we should support the campaign in Maine. I already have made a donation. But that doesn't let ECQA off the hook for their abdication of responsibility in California. I will not donate any more money to ECQA.