Early this year, I blogged about Brad Pitt’s financial support of marriage equality. In California, he made a $100,000 to fight against Prop 8 (which sadly passed).
Well, the actor is trying again – and this time, he’s hoping for better results! Today it was announced that Pitt is writing another check for $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign to help with their fight for marriage equality. Each of the four states that have amendments on their ballot (including Minnesota) will receive $25,000 to help their cause.
These dollars will help fund the Vote No campaign in the final days. To help lend your support, check out my personal fundraising page one last time.
Yes, it’s true! Another Washington state -based company has come out in favor of marriage equality! According to the HRC, the Bellevue-based wireless company had this to say:
Our support of this issue is a reflection of our culture, how we do business, and our belief in the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
Jim Alling, Interim CEO and COO
Just the other day, REI came out in support of marriage equality and now T-Mobile. Let’s keep that momentum going, Washington state. It will only serve as a reminder to Minnesota-based companies that their competitors are stepping up their game!
None of us asked for this amendment to be put on the ballot. None of us asked for this fight. But now that they have put this on our plate, we are ready to do this and we will do this, no matter what. With my fellow organizers, leaders, and volunteers by my side, I have no doubt in my mind that we will overcome this and make history, starting right here in Minnesota.
Human Rights Campaign, July 20, 2012
Source: Volunteers Provide the Spark that Powers MN Campaign
I found this to be a rather inspiring quote from the HRC. The article describes the immense dedication volunteers have across the state of Minnesota in defeating the mean-spirited marriage amendment. It reminds me of something I might write on this very blog!
Keep fighting friends.
It’s been a good week for the pro-equality side in Minnesota, at least when it comes to fundraising. On Monday, the HRC pledged $1 million dollars to fight ballot initiatives this fall, to be divided evenly between Maine, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota. $250,000 to help spread the word and defeat the mean-spirited amendment is a nice boost!
Then, on Tuesday of this week, Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, Michigan, donated $325,000 to Freedom to Marry (a coalition partner with Minnesotans United for All Families) to help defeat the amendment. According to the Star Tribune, Stryker is heir to a medical products company fortune.
With under 90 days to go, we can win this thing – but it’s going to take a lot of voices and dollars to make it happen. Thank you to both the HRC and to Mr. Stryker for adding 575,000 to the dollars side of the fight!
An interesting article that talks about how groups like the National Organization for Marriage are losing ground in the fight for marriage equality. The author talks about several big companies that have come out in support of gay rights and how NOM has had little impact to sway those decisions. According to the story:
…the Human Rights Campaign launched a petition in support of General Mills [for their opposition to the marriage amendment]. To date, more than 70,000 people have signed HRC’s petition.
In contrast, NOM launched a petition denouncing General Mills, which so far has been backed by only 17,000 people, nearly five times fewer than HRC’s petition.
In addition to General Mills, the article talks about Starbucks as well:
When Seattle-based Starbucks, a coffee titan, opposed the anti-gay amendment, NOM called for a boycott of the company. A “Thank You Starbucks” Web campaign received more than 650,000 supporters, while NOM’s “Dump Starbucks” campaign has received about 45,000.
Could this be a sign that NOM’s influence is waning across the country? Is it a sign that organizations are becoming more willing to stand up against these mean-spirited measures regardless of backlash from the other side? As a Minnesotan, and a voter that will be saying NO this NOvember, I hope that this change of tide is in time to help us defeat the amendment in the fall. We’ve already seen several Minnesota businesses take a stand opposing the amendment, let’s rally on many more!
The HRC debunks the 6 Reasons that Minnesota for Marriage (the NOM-affiliated group pushing the mean-spirited marriage amendment) gives in regards to why same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry. It’s a quick read and clearly refutes the case Minnesota for Marriage attempts to make.