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Conversation Starters
10 Ways to Start Conversations About The Freedom To Marry

The passage of Prop 8 put the security and freedoms of all Californians at risk by taking away the fundamental rights of a minority, but continuing to raise awareness and sparking conversations about the issue is crucial as we move forward. You can help change hearts and minds by simply starting a conversation with your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors.
Here are 10 ways to start conversations:

1. Think about it—what if you were told that you couldn't marry the person you loved? How would that make you feel, or change your relationship, your future plans and your life? Worse yet, what if you got married, and someone tried to take it away?

2. Two people in a committed, trusting and loving relationship deserve the dignity and support that come with marriage.

3. People can have different beliefs and still treat everyone fairly. That’s why our constitution exists to protect everyone equally, including minorities.

4. It is a joy to see my son/daughter and his/her partner together and a part of our family. I wish those who voted for Prop 8 could understand how much it hurt our family.

5. Discrimination is wrong no matter who it affects. We must work together to fight against discrimination, wherever it appears. Today it’s marriage. What will be next?

6. Tradition is important in our family. That’s why we’ve invited our son/daughter’s partner to be a part of our family traditions and celebrations.

7. It is not for me to judge other people. Just because I disapprove of something does not mean that people’s rights should be taken away.

8. Many couples stay together for years and not only face discrimination, but many other challenges. In spite of these challenges, these couples remain courageous in the face of opposition and deeply committed to building happy lives together.

9. When gay and lesbian couples get married, they may finally be recognized as being part of the extended family. When the Supreme Court finally recognized their rights, many couples were surprised by how meaningful it was for their family members, too.

10. Domestic partnerships don't provide the same security as marriage. They exclude people from marriage and create an unfair system that often does not work in emergency situations when people need it most. Real differences between marriage and domestic partnership >>


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