Saturday, November 8, 2008

No on 102 Update

The battle does not end here.
You have shaped this campaign: with your enthusiasm, volunteerism and donations. We worked hard to defeat Prop 102, and while we were unsuccessful (this time), we have built an amazing coalition of volunteers and partners to move forward in achieving LGBT equality. Thank you for your time, your warmth and your heartfelt support.

Frankly, proponents for Prop 102 achieved their victory by making this campaign one of the most expensive campaigns in Arizona history. Their lopsided 15-to-1 funding advantage from powerful special interest groups proved to be decisive in ensuring Prop 102's passage.

This measure, however, has done nothing to 'protect marriage,' since marriage in Arizona is no different today than it was yesterday. But Prop 102's passage is a sad reflection of our opponents' priorities. The 'yes' side spent more than $8 million to pass this divisive measure, money that could have been put to much better use in today's economy to improve the lives of all Arizonans.

The passage of this measure has also done nothing to affect our resolve. While we are disappointed with the election outcome in Arizona, we are very pleased and encouraged by our supporters and allies. Americans across the nation are taking a second look at divisive and mean-spirited politics, and the younger generation has strongly rejected the notion that dividing citizens from fellow citizens is acceptable. The direction of progress is clearly on our side and future generations of Arizonans will look back on the 2008 election day with shame and regret.

So please trust that every dollar donated, every effort and every conversation you had with people about this mean-spirited amendment is part of the momentum that will lead to a better tomorrow.
, Equality Arizona and Arizona Together, as well as the No on 102 committee are all committed to continuing to fight for affirming policies that support all Arizona families. familiesTo that end, Wingspan is launching the Families You Know campaign. Preview it here.
We encourage you to continue your involvement in LGBT equality through Wingspan or Equality Arizona, and check back to the No on 102 website for updates on any related activities. And finally, please continue to share your story, as your voice is fundamental to the victories we will celebrate tomorrow.
We would also like to give a special thanks to honorary co-chairs for No on Prop 102: Tucson First Lady Beth Walkup and University of Arizona President Emeritus Peter Likins. In addition, No on Prop 102 would like to thank U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva and the entire Tucson City Council (including Councilwoman Regina Romero who participated in one of the campaigns radio ads). For a complete list of partners, please visit our website.

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