I guess I’ve been so preoccupied with Katrina news that I missed it, but recently, AB 849óa.k.a. the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, a.k.a. that same-sex marriage bill Joz blogged about last monthópassed the state legislature!
The next hurdle is getting Governor Schwarzenegger to sign off on it. There’s talk of him vetoing, which I can see some more cowardly governor doing, but come on: this is Ah-nold! The iconoclast! The Governator!
Still, he may need some nudging. John August, famous local screenwriter and unmarried gay dad, makes a plea and an offer in his excellent recent blog post on the subject:
I know youíre worried about the political implications. Personally, I think youíd get a big boost for standing up for what you believe, damn the conventional wisdom. But in case you need to fall back on your Hollywood career, know that Iím offering to write Terminator 4 for you. Hell, Iíll write Jingle All the Way 2. Thatís how important this is.
All joking aside, in his eloquent plea (go read it now), August also urges his fellow Californians to call the Governor’s office in Sacramento to let them know you want this bill to have the Governor’s support: (916) 445-2841.
If that number is busy (and it’s been busy!) here are some numbers for local offices, too:
Los Angeles: 213-897-0322
San Diego: 619-525-4641
San Francisco: 415-703-2218
I got through on the L.A. line right away; the whole transaction was pleasant and over in 30 seconds.
Go onómake some history, kids!
UPDATE: Oh, crap. “Will of the people”? Not all of the people. Call anyway, I say, if only to register your extreme displeasure.