by Michael dEstries
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This was exactly the type of response organizers against proposition 8 — which seeks to reinstate the ban on same-sex marriage in California — were hoping for when Brad Pitt announced $100K in funding last week. Hot on the heels of his donation, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw have followed through with their own $100K of support.

“By writing discrimination into our state constitution, Proposition 8 seeks to eliminate the right of each and every citizen in our state to marry regardless of sexual orientation,” Spielberg and Capshaw said in a statement. “Such discrimination has no place in California’s constitution, or any other.”

Supporters of Proposition 8 claim that Hollywood is once again out of touch with the average American. “With wealthy Hollywood lining up to destroy marriage, we call on every concerned citizen to donate $15 for every Brad Pitt movie they have ever seen,” wrote Karen England, manager for the Yes on Proposition 8 campaign.

The average American, we hope, isn’t an ignorant and insensitive fool with nothing better to do than rally against the union of two people who love each other. The failure of Prop 8 will lend a lot of weight to that statement. For more information, check out the website “Vote No For Prop 8“.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • KB

    This is just great! The Hollywood types, who have been dragging our society into the gutter for years through the movies are now trying to drag our families there. They could care less if our society is stable or healthy only sexual perversion will do. If we allow homosexual marriage, our society will suffer. The CDC reports that 13-14 year old boys, who are experimenting with homosexuality, are catching HIV/AIDS. Is this what we want for our children. Our society must take a stand on anything that would jeopardize our children and their future. I just wish Hollywood could do the same.

  • Anti-KB

    Relax KB the prop is just another stale Rovian ploy to fire up the evangelic base to get them to the polls to keep the hypocrits in office. Kids experimenting has damaged less than the fundumentalist and priest that are molesting children.

  • Wendy Z

    Bravo Pitt, Spielberg, and Capshaw! And to all who can support this, too! How dare anyone think they have “THE” answers for another human being. Discrimination is wrong. There’s no 2 ways about it. There are so many more idiot straight people than there are perverse homosexuals (and yes, I am straight!) Love is a wonderful thing. If we were more concerned with loving each other as human beings and not constantly passing judgement, this wouldn’t even be an issue. I would rather children be in a loving “same sex parent” home than in a home of neglect and abuse. It’s all about caring, not judging.

  • matthew_panda

    Hehehee. Good for Spielberg!

    Seeing how 50% of heterosexual marriages end in divorce (usually within the first 2 years), I’m not so sure the man/woman model is necessarily the best arrangement for children. If heteros can’t even save their own marriage, they clearly are in no position to say gay marriage is bad for children.

    You want to “protect” marriage? Get rid of divorce, infidelity, domestic violence, and those quickie Vegas marriages people like Britney Spears are having….instead of trying to prevent those who WANT to get married from marrying.

    Truth is: the vast majority of the EDUCATED people of society (from legal scholars to social scientists–AKA people who can think LOGICALLY) SUPPORT gay marriage/adoption. Survey after survey has shown that the higher the education level, the more supportive they are of gay rights (in other words, the dumber you are, the more anti-gay you’ll likely

    The American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Anthropological Association, and the vast majority of lawyers and law professors SUPPORT gay marriage. Clearly the more brains ya have, the more enlightened you are.

    If conservative/religious/homophobic nuts would spend a little more time in school (and learn some SCIENCE and LOGIC) and less time sticking their noses into other people’s personal lives (which don’t affect them one bit), then they might earn some respect from those of us who are educated and civilized.

    Stopping gay marriage isn’t going to make gays go extinct, and it certainly isn’t going to stop them from having gay relationships and adopting/raising children. Get over it and start worrying about more important things in life (such as getting a college education). Yikes!


    p.s. And to the uneducated bigot before me (KB): the phrase is “they couldn’t care less.” Go to college and leave important matters for educated adults to deal with, eh?

  • Brandi

    Uhm, I agree 110% with every word that Matthew said. It’s like he read my mind. Bravo.

    By the way, KB, EVERY teenager is experimenting with sex, whether it be hetro sex or same sex… That’s just what teenagers nowadays do. What needs to be done is promote safe sex, regardless of who’s having it.

  • VeggieTart

    Wendy, Matt, and Brandi, you took most of the words out of my mouth.

    If someone is threatened by the idea of two men or two women marrying, that says more about his relationship than theirs.

  • David the Heterosexual Gay-Rights Supporter…I mean plumber

    Great post and some responses. It is unbelievable how much time, money, and effort is being focused on legislating the religious right’s Bible agenda.

    I’ve been trying to focus on the actual important issues, but with $35 million being spent to pass prop 8, this is no joke.

    These are the arguments I’ve heard from pro-pro 8 people and my rebuttals:

  • fbr

    David, while I agree with your position, I don’t agree with many parts of your argumentation. First of all, it’s very clear that the two reasons you list for voting “yes on 8″ are not exhaustive. In particular a non-religious person doesn’t need to dislike gay people in general to be against gay marriage; one could make arguments from biological grounds or historical grounds against it, for example. Branding your opposition either religious nuts or bigots is not a very smart move when one can find many people who are neither and yet don’t support gay marriage.

    In addition, your argument against the Bible is seriously weak. It’s the naive “Look at all this batshit crazy stuff in the Bible, why don’t you follow that too!?” argument. Large part of Judeo-Christian theology is about picking the laws and rules that have to be followed. For the most part these frameworks are pretty consistent and logical regardless of whether you happen to believe in them or not. It does not take much effort for a believer to explain exactly why the parts you picked are not valid while the part about homosexuality being wrong is valid. Coincidentally, it’s pretty much impossible to get rid of the condemnation of homosexuality while retaining any belief that could be called Jewish or Christian. Obviously it directly follows that homosexual marriage is also wrong even if it’s not explicitly stated.

    At least in the US, it is much more convincing to argue against the use of religious basis for voting than it is to argue against religious beliefs directly. It is quite easy to argue, for example, that voting based on religious beliefs in the US is unpatriotic.