November 3rd, 2008


Adventures in Phone-Banking

I've been talking for a week now about how our schedule's been crazy and we've been under a lot of stress, without really explaining why. Although I did mention something about volunteer work a couple of weeks ago, so maybe some people have figured it out. Anyway, the election's tomorrow, so I figured I'd make one more post about it.

See, we were asked a couple of weeks ago to do a very specific thing in helping with the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign. I've already posted how we feel about Prop 8, and I feel like I've exhausted my brain power on it all, but there's one thing that I only mentioned once in a comment, and I wanted to say it again so that it's more clear. What Proposition 8 does is define marriage as being between a man and a woman in the state of California. That's all it does, and I understand that to some people that's a very big deal, and that those people will be voting yes or no, depending on what kind of a big deal they feel it is. What it does not do is take away any rights. As stated by the California Family Code, legal domestic partnerships have all the same rights that married couples do. You can read that part of the code here. (Although apparently it doesn't count for long-term care insurance plans, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense either way, and I don't think many people would vote against a proposition suggesting we change the long-term care thingie so that it does cover domestic partners.)

Anyway, like I said, we know that whether or not it's legally called marriage is a big deal, and depending on what kind of a big deal it is, people will vote one way or the other. Our beliefs are such that we think changing the definition of marriage would be a bad thing (or rather, allowing it to stay changed, since it kind of changed when the CA supreme court overturned prop 22), and so we're helping promote prop 8.

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And that's the tale of last week's adventures. We're very glad that the election is tomorrow, and I'm pretty excited about voting, even if I am registered in Fresno (for those of you just joining us, we refused to register for a long time after moving to Fresno because we were annoyed that this is where we ended up; fortunately, this is only the first presidential election since then). Incidentally, Bill Kristol (I think that's how his name is spelled) was on The Daily Show on Thursday, and I decided that I really like it when he is, because even though he disagrees so strongly with Jon Stewart, he has a really good attitude about it, and he keeps coming back anyway. He said something this time that we thought was pretty awesome. I'm paraphrasing of course because I don't remember exactly, but it was something like how he doesn't think that Obama would turn the country over to terrorists or anything like that; he thinks both candidates would be fairly moderate presidents (I think that's the adjective he used), and if you're a liberal you should vote for Obama and if you're a conservative you should vote for McCain. Basically, it's not going to be the end of the world if one or the other candidate wins, so just vote for who you like.

Today I'm thankful for the right to vote, friendly people on the phone, handy websites where you can look up state law, getting back to a fairly normal schedule soon, and that everyone we've spoken with about politics (particularly about prop 8) has been so respectful (except for a few random strangers on the phone, but random strangers don't count).