NaBloPoMo Day Nineteen:
A Shout Out to My Peeps

Around the country and across the world, many of you answered the call and joined the impact. You have filled our hearts with joy from your shared stories, gratitude to those of you who organized this effort, hope from those of you who shared your photos, and pride for those of you who raised up your voices.

Here are a few of the photos shared with me:

My Oldest Daughter, Kristen
With Signage Help from Her Partner, Adam

(from San Francisco, California)
Children Should be Seen and Heard
(from San Francisco, California)
Best Sign Ever Award Goes to Blade and Friend
(from San Francisco, California)
Asking the Right Question
(from San Francisco, California)
Building Bridges
(from Omaha, Nebraska)
Rainbows in a Red State
(from Austin, Texas)
Faces of Families, Faces of Love
(from Oakland, California)
The Butterfly Effect in Action
(from San Diego, California)
Yes We Will
(from San Diego, California)

This is a shout out to those of who raised your voices, spread the word, and took action in some way. If you took part in the National Protest on Saturday, November 15, 2008, even (and especially) if your part was simply to spread the word, please leave a link in the comments. I will post it here. Also, please take the badge below (a simple right click will do the trick) for your website as a heartfelt thank you and recognition from Blog This Mom! and Michael Luther Queen.

Blogroll of Peeps
(National Protest Supporters)


Michael Luther Queen at Neely Barrow
Michael took time away from his San Diego real estate business to be one of the main organizers of the largest turnout in the U.S. (an estimated 20,000-25,000 attended the San Diego march). If you or someone you know has any real estate or relocation needs in the area, sending business his way would be a great way to support him.

Kristen at familyjuliebox

Adam at ClunkClunk

Jenn at Juggling Life

Stacey at Tales of the Burbs

Aaryn at San Diego CityBeat’s Last Blog on Earth and thematically fickle


Liz at Eternal Lizdom


Sojourner at What does it all mean, anyway?


PhD in Yogurtry at coffeeyogurt


Mrs. Chili at The Blue Door

Mrs. G. at Derfwad Manor

Take the badge!

Readers, if you or someone you know stood up for civil rights, please leave a link in the comments.

21 comments on “A Shout Out to My Peeps”

  1. Cheri– The Matron is a proud member of Rainbow Families, our local gay, lesbian and transgender family action-education organization. She gives them money, attends events and reads the newsletter, cover to cover. And her children? Can’t even imagine their family without cousin Chris and her partner Susan or the neighborhood without the boys across the street and the Anns two doors down.

  2. I just want to thank everybody who helped organize w/ me, all of the speakers who came to share their voices, and the 25,000 from all over SD (and all walks of life) who marched for equality with us! It was overwhelming!!!

    There is an AMAZING ireport from the march on CNN. Love the shot from atop the buildings downtown showing the massive crowd down Broadway & 6th…Which reminds me, a HUGE THANK YOU to the SDPD and Harbor Patrol! They were awesome!

    Here’s the ireport:

    And a special thanks to you Cheri & Blog This Mom! You da bomb
    Cheri(n) Brokovich…or did we decide on Norma Gay? XOXOme

  3. “Did you cast a ballot or a stone?”

    That is a superb sign!! (did I spell that right? it doesn’t look right?)

    Thanks for the notice and the badge. Great post! Keeps the positive show of support going.

  4. Not wanting to toot my horn but, altho I didn’t attend a protest (as no one here would understand what I was protesting!), I tried to shake students up a bit in my class today as I reminded them that people die, are maimed and/or scarred for human rights. This is not something about which to be nonchalant.

    I am intrigued watching democracy in action in your State.

  5. What a wonderful outpouring of people! I love the “yes on Candy” sign!

    I’ve been incommunicado for some days, and my world-view has narrowed down to the immediate needs of one little old lady. But its great to get back out in the world and see what people are doing.

  6. Thanks for the Shout Out! Cheri. Been sick this week and then very busy. But I am still here.

    Participating in the Omaha protest was very encouraging. I was very moved by the support shown. Thanks, again, Cheri, for all you do!

  7. Sorry to be the opposition, but I don’t understand why if you voted yes on 8, hate is automatically attributed to your vote. That is done purposefully to make people feel guilty. I have had many relationships with gays…I appreciate them as human beings. BUT, for many, marriage has a very unique meaning. An apple is just not an orange no matter how much you want it to be. Doesn’t make it better, just different.

  8. Hi Anonymous,

    Can someone tell me why “opposition” comments are usually anonymous, by the way?

    You have asked a really important question, and I’m so glad you did.

    I know that hate has been ascribed as the motivation for the people who want to define marriage only for heterosexuals. It makes me sad that the discussion has gone there, and you may note that I have no “H8” badges or references on my blog. However, can you understand that even if hatred is not intended by your vote to deny same-gender state marriage licenses (assuming that’s how you voted) to one group, that group may nonetheless be feel hated? I do, and I can understand why.

    I personally do not believe that hate is the motivation for many people who would deny same-gender partners state marriage licenses. From what you’ve said, it appears that you do not hate gays, but you also think that they should not have the same rights that heterosexuals have. Your motivation is not hate, but denying state licenses to a couple based upon an immutable characteristic (homosexuality) when another couple with a different characteristic (heterosexuality) is unconstitutional. The U.S. Supreme Court decided some sixty years ago that “separate but equal” is inherently unequal. Whether or not you agree with same-gender marriage, when you ask that same-gender couples are treated differently than you under the law, you saying that they are somehow less-than deserving of the same rights that you have. Read the majority opinion in Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia. Both opinions can be found easily by a Google search.

    Whatever the majority may or may not want is not relevant, sorry, but it isn’t. Our constitution was purposefully devised to protect minority group interests. At one time or another in our lives, those constitutional principles have protected each of us. Don’t you want to know that those constitutional protections are there for everyone, even if it isn’t you asking for protection this time?

  9. Dear Anonymous,

    If marriage has a unique meaning for you, by all means don’t marry someone of your gender. But why force a particular definition of marriage on everyone? This was sold as a fight for the survival of the right to do something, but instead it is really just forcing everyone to do it. This whole thing was completely backward. Did the Yes people really think the happy, different-gender, married families depicted on their signs would not be permitted if they lost? No. In fact, it is happy, same-gender, married families that are no longer permitted because they won. I have several issues with that.

    First, as the author of this post points out, it is in violation of the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection right (and especially “Separate but Equal” as clarified by the Court in Brown).

    Second, it was motivated by a religous viewpoint, the viewpoint of ONE religion, and really a particular view of that religion. Since when do we not adhere to this country’s founding principles of separation of church and state? Religion should have no place in politics or our laws.

    Third, many Yes signs advocated that a Yes vote implied freedom of religion. Hardly. The opposite is true. This was forcing a particular religious viewpoint on everyone.

    Fourth, many Yes signs advertised that a Yes vote meant less government intervention? Huh??? How so?

    Fifth, I am not worried about my child’s Marriage 101 class being taught differently. Marriage 101?!

    Prop 8 was so wrong that every major politician in this state, whether left or right, endorsed a No vote. This included our Republican governor, both senators, and the mayor of San Diego. Even the SD Union Tribune came out against — and that’s saying something! I don’t know about FOX News… This result was so bad that Karl Manheim (Loyola law professor) called it a “stain on our state.” I couldn’t agree more. I have always been so proud of this state. Since when did we become intolerant?

  10. Dear Anonymous,
    Unlike some others, I feel no need to be “politically correct” and treat small minded bigots like you with any respect. You don’t deserve it.
    Hate is being attributed to a yes vote because that’s what it is. Did you feel love for your fellow man and woman when you arrogantly decided that Gay people are not worthy of the right that heterosexuals have? You and others like you that voted Yes on 8 propogated an UGLY Prejudice, voted devisively and against the rights of other Americans. That is hate. You can call it anything you want, but an apple is not an orange just because you say so or because you don’t want to face the ugliness that stares back at you in the mirror. You will lose this battle eventually, and ugly people with ugly prejudices will just have to deal with it.
    Chris Smith and Family

  11. Dear Anonymous,

    I read your comment a second time and had a visceral reaction. You just restated Separate but Equal!

    You said, “An apple is just not an orange no matter how much you want it to be. Doesn’t make it better, just different.” That is basically a restatement of the Separate but Equal doctrine of the Plessy case, which is no longer legal. It was overturned in the Brown case. It was very logically, step-by-step, refuted as rank discrimination. The Supreme Court cleanly demonstrated that mandating different (even if equal) buses, seats on the bus, drinking fountains, toilets, schools, etc. for different colors (you know, apples and oranges) is bigotry.

    You seem to advocate that heterosexuals should get to sit on a different part of the bus (the part that can get married) from homosexuals. That was defined as hateful by the Supreme Court.

  12. Dear Anonymous
    Of course hate IS automatically attributed to your YES vote! What else could it be besides HATE? What is bigotry if it’s not hate? What else is denying a minority the same rights that the majority has? How does a NO vote hurt YOU or YOUR marriage? Yes on 8 does propagate an ugly prejudce. It does deny the rights of other Americans. It absolutely is backward, neanderthal hateful thinking!

    excerpt “Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against love or equality. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, the one that reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

    Are you kidding me? YOU ARE a bigot and a hater. You just need to open your eyes and admit it!

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