The oral arguments for the Supreme Court Cases to overturn California’s Proposition 8 and challenge the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will be coming up on March 26 and 27. The Nation Organization for Marriage, which opposes marriage equality, will be protesting outside The Court on these days. Similarly, marriage equality supporters will be staging their own rally. Those in support are lead mostly by Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good-As-You (GAY). He and many others intend to March in Washington, D.C. for marriage equality on the days that The Court is hearing the cases. Other cities and towns are organizing their own rallies in support of marriage equality for those who are no able to come to D.C. But there is a third group who may not be near or able to come to any of the rallies, but these folks can still show some support for marriage equality.
March with Your Wallet
For those who are unable to come or who are not near a marriage equality rally on March 26 and 27, take those two days and contribute something to your favorite marriage equality organization. Contribute what you can. $25, $5 or even $1 dollar will help support the work of those who are fighting for equality, security and freedom for us all.
Contact Your State and National Legislators
Not everyone might be able to do contributions; even small ones, but you can still show your support for the marchers and marriage equality in other ways. Use the day to make a call or send an email to state and national legislators about your support for marriage equality. This is especially important in places like New Jersey, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Illinois where legislators may be reluctant to pass the existing marriage equality bills. Let them know that you support them. Let them know that making the decision to support marriage equality is the right thing to do; providing equality to gay couples who want to take part in the rights and responsibilities of marriage is to be on the right side of history.
Include your own personal stories. Tell the legislators why marriage equality is important for you and try to allay any fears they may have about voting for marriage equality. Let them know that the gay community is very supportive of those who are support of us. That the gay community will not forget those who helped us achieve equality.
Encourage friends and family members to also contact their legislators and let them know of their support of marriage equality. The more support that we can show legislators in numbers, the more we can allay their fears that they could loose their job or face public backlash due to their vote in support of equality.
For those who are in states with a constitutional amendment against marriage equality, contact your legislator to let them know your displeasure of the amendment. Encourage others who support marriage equality to do the same. Just because it is in the state constitution doesn’t mean we have to like it, and doesn’t mean that we can’t change it. Encourage your legislator to be that change.
Show Your Support On Facebook
Add a status, photo or graphic to your Facebook page in support of Marriage Equality. In searching the internet for graphics, I happened to find one with a pride colored heart, and another that says ‘I Support Same-Sex Marriage! ASK ME WHY. Put either of these on your Facebook page. You can also simply update your status to read ‘I support the Freedom to Marry’ or you can make your statement something even more personal: you and your partner stating how many years you’ve been together; a visual show of support for a gay family member; you’re own gay wedding photo. The possibilities are endless, and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Volunteer Your Time
Finally, if you can, give of your time. Volunteer for a marriage equality campaign in your area. Find out what they may be needing or what special skills that you can offer them. Contact such organizations and let them know you can help for an hour, a day, a week. However much time you think you can give.
Every hour that goes by that we don’t have equality is another hour we have to wait; another hour in which we are discriminated against. Let’s help move the process of gaining equality forward whenever and wherever we can, because we’ve waited long enough.