I received the following email today from Molly McKay, the Media Director of MEUSA. Jamie, Jessica, Brock and all others in Porterville, you have made us all proud. If we can keep this momentum going, channel it to other cities, do more outreach and voter contact, we surely will be victorious in 2010. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to everyone’s rights and equality. Job well done!
I hope you will join me in sending out a statewide shout of support and thanks to Jamie Garza, Tulare County Chapter Leader of Marriage Equality USA and her chapter members who are doing INCREDIBLE defense work in Tulare county. Last night, they successfully defeated an attempt to pass a city council resolution opposing Senator Leno’s bill which clarifies that out of state marriages performed prior to Nov 5, 2008 are valid and recognized.
By being a tenacious stand for marriage equality and putting forth their local faces, stories and vocal support at city council meeting after city council meeting – they have successfully raised doubts in the minds of their local electeds about their opposition to marriage equality – and those doubts were in today’s local newspaper.
I really want to acknowledge our incredible community leaders thoughout the Central Valley – Jamie and her wife – and so many others – who are out there on the front lines, in places where many aren’t out for fear for their personal safety – doing the heavy lifting and being incredibly courageous and strong – Thank you Jamie – you are an inspiration to us all !!
Let’s all send good vibes to Whitney Weddell and her team in Bakersfield who are hosting the final stop on the Get Engaged Tour tomorrow night. Together, united, we are unstoppable!! Offense/Defense = forward motion towards our goal.