Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to major questions . Please refer to the following information to find out more about specific issues. You may also locate additional information on the Yes Community forum or on our social networking pages which includes Myspace and Facebook.

 

What's New and unique to the Yes! on Equality Campaign and how does this differ from No on 8?

Lesbian CoupleIn Addition to starting early, there are numerous factors that distinguish the Yes! Campaign. Perhaps the most paramount, is the inclusion of people.  RollingStone, in a critical analysis of the No on 8 Campaign, noted that No on 8 failed to create a grassroots style organization and excluded LGBT community leaders.  The Yes! Campaign recognizes this and has therefore built its foundation upon the inclusion of a diverse set of people.  The purpose of this campaign is not to turn-away supporters, but rather to bring them together for a more effective outcome.

Connecting with other minorities is an imperative part of this cohesion.  The Yes! Campaign is continuing where other attempts left off by targeting all groups in our society. Yes! is an active participant in many minority specific networking groups and we are pleased to be working with zealous members of our society.  It should also be noted that the Yes! Initiative is a people’s movement and we encourage all supporters to get involved and reach out to all.  This level of dedication to the community is yet another unique feature to this campaign.

Naturally, we are committed to serving all groups, minorities and the majority included.  However, we fear such efforts would be in vain if it were not for a modicum of organization. Our ability to organize is another defining characteristic of this initiative.


 

Why Gay Marriage? Why aren't civil unions and domestic partnerships good enough?

The question, 'Why Gay Marriage?' is commonly asked. Simply put, we all deserve the right to marry. Why should one group of people be treated differently from the rest? By renaming Gay Marriage and calling it a civil union, a legitimate set of people and their relationships are subject to unjust discrimination. It's not just a name, 'Marriage' offers more than 1,000 rights and protections not given to 'Domestic Partners.'

This form of discrimination should not be taken lightly. The Los Angeles Times noted, "The very act of denying gay and lesbian couples the right to marry – traditionally the highest legal and societal recognition of a loving commitment – by definition relegates them and their relationship to second class status.” The truth is, this form of segregation is wrong.


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What are some of the rights afforded by ‘Marriage’ not given to ‘Domestic Partners?’

The term marriage affords more than 1,100 rights and protections not given to domestic partners, these include: hospital visitation rights whether an accident or illness; ability to file joint tax returns; obtain family insurance coverage such as health insurance, car, dental, and home insurance; at the death of a spouse, the survivor inherits assets without taxes - property rights; immigration rights; employment benefits and 1000 other rights currently not given to domestic partners.


 

I feel strongly about this issue and would like to get involved. How can I volunteer or contribute?

We appreciate all the support we can get. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities such as booth volunteers, signature gathering, and other professional offerings, please visit our volunteer page. Please make sure to visit our Take Action center for additional methods of getting involved.


 

What is the text of the initiative on file with the Attorney General's Office and the Secretary of State?

An act to repeal Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution; therefore provisions to be repealed are printed in strike-through text.

Section 1.         Title
This measure shall be known, and may cited, as the "California Marriage Equality Act."

Section 2.         (a) Section 7.5 of Article I of the California Constitution shall be repealed, stricken, and removed as such:
Sec. 7.5 Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California

                        (b) This section is not intended to, and shall not be interpreted to, modify or change the curriculum in any school.

                        (c) This section is not intended to, and shall not be interpreted to, mandate or require clergy of any church to perform a service or duty incongruent with their faith.


 

What is Yes' plan if the California Supreme Court overturns Proposition 8 - Is Yes! involved with the Supreme Court process?

Arguably, one of the best possible outcomes would be if the California Supreme Court overturned the injustices created by Proposition 8.  If the Supreme Court overruled Proposition 8, anti-gay advocates would have little recourse.  Yes! On Equality recognizes this.  We have therefore put together a petition to the courts in hopes that Supreme Court justices will rule in favor of gay marriage.  Should the courts refuse to recognize the rights of LGBT citizens, we will obtain signatures to establish a 2010 election proposition.


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Why should we act now? Why is an initiative in 2010 best?

Momentum
If we wait until 2012, we lose tremendous momentum and risk complacency. By 2012, voters will have lived with the status quo for over three years. Opponents of marriage equality will argue the complacent viewpoint that the voters have spoken and California residents have lived without marriage equality for over three years. To be successful, we would need to sustain the current momentum and energy for marriage equality in California for an additional 2 years, through November 2012. Such an extended campaign will be far more costly than a 2010 campaign and will be difficult to maintain consistent support. 

A majority of the LGBT community, according to recent polling, is ready and wants to move forward with a campaign in 2010. The passage of Proposition 8 sparked dozens of new groups as well as created a huge increase in energy and awareness of the marriage equality battle ahead.  In recent polls conducted separately by EQCA, Marriage Equality USA, and Courage Campaign, 70 to 80 percent of respondents favor introducing a ballot initiative in 2010 over 2012. Californians are witnessing the positive shift in national attitudes towards LGBT issues and the passage of gay marriage in New England and the mid-Atlantic. A recent California poll indicated that a gay marriage initiative with exemptions for religious and educational institutions would instantly receive majority support. We would have over a year to simply strengthen that majority support and win marriage equality in 2010.

The Ticket
In 2012, it is unlikely that any presidential candidate will support gay marriage. It is also likely that LGBT issues will appear on state ballots across the nation, diluting significant out-of-state resources.

In 2010, any of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates will publicly support gay marriage. This support would act as an influential political push that permeates down to the local level, especially working in our advantage in harder to reach democratic communities that are conservative with LGBT issues.

In addition, it is likely that an initiative legalizing marijuana will be on the ballot, increasing the likelihood of more progressive voters going to the polls.

Resources
In 2012, media attention and campaign financing and resources will be diluted. Gay marriage efforts will be battling with larger presidential campaign messages in the media. The No on 8 campaign lost valuable talent and funding to the 2008 presidential campaign. Similarly, the 2012 election will thin the efforts of valuable activists, campaign leaders and grassroots leaders between the presidential campaign, other propositions, and finally gay marriage. Also similarly, in-state and more significantly, out-of-state campaign funds, will be diluted between the presidential candidate, local candidates and other propositions.

In 2010, the campaign will have full media attention and campaign resources. If we are to win gay marriage, we need the focused attention of media outlets and full financial and political backing from gay marriage supporters. State and national fundraising in 2010 will be concentrated on marriage equality rather than presidential candidates. Activists, grassroots volunteers and campaign leaders will be committed full-time to a marriage equality campaign in 2010.


 

What is the mailing address of Yes! on Equality?

The mailing address for Yes! is PO Box 2413, Sacramento, CA 95812


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