Kate Kendell

Ambassadors of Justice

Filed By Kate Kendell | August 21, 2008 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: California, marriage, National Center for Lesbian Rights, NCLR, Prop 8, Prop. 8

As we charge full-steam ahead into election season, I'm inspired and awed every day by the commitment and passion I see in our community. The level of engagement is unparalleled. Our staff has given 110% in order to get you the latest news and information, campaign leaders are working around the clock to educate voters, and NCLR supporters are stepping up and speaking out against harmful initiatives that would deny members of our community the fundamental freedoms to which everyone is entitled.

In particular, NCLR's board members--past and present--have joined together to help defeat California's Proposition 8--the marriage ban. Without hesitation, they have stepped up and offered themselves wholly and unconditionally to be ambassadors for justice and equality, and are working throughout California to educate voters on the harmful effects of Prop 8 and NCLR's role in defeating the initiative. There is so much power in this conversation.

What makes their impact so great is what makes our board so great: diversity. They are traveling throughout California speaking at San Francisco Giants games, in communities of color, pride festivals, progressive Jewish alliances, women's groups, civil rights organizations, religious and church meetings, film screenings, etc. You name it, and they'll be there, getting people to Vote NO on Prop 8. Their effort and commitment is truly inspiring and I have no doubt that each and every member is helping shape public opinion.

I truly cannot thank the NCLR Board enough for their energy, their passion and their commitment. I hope you follow their example. Every one of us can be an ambassador for justice. Every one of us can change minds and open hearts. Every one of us can take on part of the enormous task of winning in November. If we each do more than we think we can--we will win. So get out there and keep the conversation going.

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Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | August 21, 2008 10:38 AM

The NCLR rocks!! You have been at the forefront of many of the most important legal fights of the past 30 years. Thank you!!!

Agreed, Brynn. NCLR has done some amazing things this past year. Now is the time to support them with everything we have.

For those of us who don't already know, what does NCLR stand for. It is clear what they are standing for but I have no idea who they are.

NCLR = National Center for Lesbian Rights. They argued and won the case for same-sex marriage in California.

Thanks Alex, I have trouble with acronyms I think it may be the dyslexia. I saw another article about them recently and I was impressed by their leadership and some of the details of who they have in leadership. I was going to suggest to my daughter that she consider offering to do some pro bono stuff for them but she most likely will not.

NCLR also has an amazing immigration project, where they help many LBT immigrants with their cases, and is staffed by amazing peeps like Noemi Calonje. Noemi and I worked together on the National Queer and Transgender Immigration Vision Statement, and local town halls on Immigration reform. NCLR went on to endorse the statement. Sending mad love to the NCLR team!

Just a heads up: Mike Huckabee recently gave an interview in which he holds Mitt Romney responsible for implementing gay marriage in Massachusetts.


Welcome to the ProtectMarriage.com coalition.

I wish that more rank and file members of the LDS (Mormon) church would realize: the anti-gay coalition they've joined in California is one that includes folks who - given the chance - would vote their church out of existence.

Folks like Mike Huckabee and his Evangelical buddies.