Deaf Voters in California: Please Vote NO to Proposition 8
The lives, personal security, and happiness of two deaf women, Lisa and Noreen, are dangling on the collective decision that will be made by voters in California tomorrow, November 4, 2008.
Californians are being asked to decide tomorrow whether Noreen and Lisa, and many other couples like them, have the right to be legally married. California is currently one of the very few places in the world that recognize the right of same sex couples to marry the person they love. Legal marriage grants couples with many rights that simply aren’t covered in domestic partnership or civil unions.
Lisa and Noreen want to remain married, among other reasons, so that hospitals will recognize their legal right to make important medical decisions for the other if one of them should become incapacitated. Without that legal protection, hospitals could choose to ignore what the healthy partner says about the previously communicated wishes of the unconscious or incapacitated partner. Or, in some cases in the past, hospitals have denied same-sex partners the right to visit each other in the hospital.
Noreen and Lisa’s legal rights and pragmatic security are in potential peril tomorrow. The wrong vote by too many Californian voters could strip away some of the legal protections that enable them to plan their future with confidence. The right vote–NO on Proposition 8–would protect their human right to simply live their lives in peace.
If you’re in California–please vote NO to Proposition 8. Your NO vote will be a vote for love.
Watch a 12-minute video about how Noreen and Lisa met, fell in love, and married. Share in their joy in their union–and in their fears that it could be taken away on the whim of Californian voters tomorrow. Unless you do the right thing and VOTE NO on Proposition 8 in California on November 4, 2008: