Queer Town: L.A. Raises Money for Maine's Gay Marriage Fight
On the day anti-gay marriage forces aired their first TV ad in Maine, Los Angeles gays and lesbians gathered for a fund-raiser at West Hollywood's East/West Lounge, hauling in between $5,000 and $6,000 for Protect Maine Equality, the campaign that's fighting to keep same-sex marriage legal in that state.
|L.A. fund raiser attendees (l-r) Lily Khadjavi, Amy Mello, Greg Delson, Vincent Jones, Jorge Amaro and Moof Mayeda|
"You guys tonight are doing something very selfless," Scott Schmidt, a veteran of California's "No on 8" campaign, told a crowd of 100 people last night.
Protect Maine Equality is fighting a difficult battle against the "Yes on 1" campaign, which ran a TV ad that looked remarkably similar to what California voters saw during the fight over Proposition 8 last fall. That ballot measure succeeded in banning same-sex marriage in the Golden State.
Last fall, the "No on 8" campaign was slow to react to a nearly identical TV ad, which featured Pepperdine University law professor Richard Peterson.
|L.A. fund raiser attendees (l-r) Jenn Spinner, Eric Nakano, Suzy Jack and Mark Solomon of Equality California|
In Los Angeles, plans are underway to counter anti-gay marriage forces by donating time and energy, as well as money, to the same-sex marriage cause in Maine -- voter ID phone banks will be set up at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center on September 27, October 4 and 11.
For more information, go to the center's Web site.
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