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a message from : Chad Griffin, Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights Campaign

Just 40 days from today, you and your fellow voters in Washington will get to decide whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.

We can truly make history here. With your help, the right wing will never again be able to say our side hasn’t won at the ballot.

But we’ve got to turn out voters and volunteers now if we’re going to win this – and that’s where you come in.

We’ve launched a revolutionary tool that uses the power of Facebook to let you get in touch with the people you know at home and in other key marriage battleground states – the people who, like you, are going to help win this.

It’s called Call4Equality, it’s incredibly simple to use, and it could be a total game-changer in these states. New research shows friend-to-friend contact is a hugely powerful motivator in elections.

Check out Call4Equality now. Watch the how-to video, login with Facebook, and start calling your friends and neighbors.

Call4Equality uses Facebook to remind you who you know in your home state and the other three states with marriage on the ballot and then automatically creates personalized call lists and scripts for you to drum up votes and volunteers in this election. It’s a first-of-its-kind tool, and it’s incredibly easy.

The more calls you make, the more points you’ll get – points that can earn you cool HRC prizes.

I know what you’re thinking, because I had the same thought. My friends all want to see marriage equality as bad as I do, and they’re all going to vote the right way. Why would I call them?

Here’s why: study after study shows how contact from friends helps drive turnout. One analysis this month showed how Facebook outreach about friends who voted increased turnout in 2010 by 340,000 votes!

And it’s crucial to ask friends to volunteer for these campaigns. One more volunteer could mean countless more votes in our favor. That means you – and your Facebook friends – have the power to make a difference in this election.

You don’t have to commit now. Just take two minutes to watch the video and take a look around for yourself.

HRC supporters like you ask time and again how to make a difference this election year. This is it – mobilizing our friends to make history at the ballot box this November.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check it out and start making some calls now.

Let’s get calling! Chad Griffin Chad Griffin

The anti-gay video that’s going viral … Dan Rafter, Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights Campaign

Have you seen this video yet? Have you shared it?

It’s shocking footage of a North Carolina pastor’s plan “to get rid of all the lesbians and queers” – by putting them all in a concentration camp until they die.

I’m completely serious. Over 30,000 HRC supporters have spoken out against this rank bigotry since we posted about it on Facebook this week. We need to triple that total before we deliver the messages next week – will you help?


Watch this horrifying video, share it with everyone you know, and sign the petition.

Watch the video now.

Here’s what he says:

“Build a great big large fence, a hundred fifty, hundred miles long… put all the lesbians in there… Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out…”

“…And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out… Do you know why? They can’t reproduce.”

Don’t let him get away with these sickening, hateful remarks – speak out and share this with everyone you know.

Please forward this email, share the video on Facebook and Twitter, and help spread the word. We can’t let this kind of thing go unanswered.

Thanks for standing against hate,

Dan Rafter, Online Campaigns Manager
Human Rights Campaign

Bowling for Equality in Seattle

Bowling for Equality in SeattleSunday, March 11 Two Hour Bowling Shifts: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.| 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. | 8:00 – 10:00 p.m.The Garage 1134 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122

Tickets:Happy Hour Pricing on Food and Drinks until 7:00 p.m! $40 before March 4 or $50 after. This event is 21+

Help the Human Rights Campaign raise vital funds for our work supporting  marriage equality in The Evergreen State! Your ticket purchase includes  an annual HRC membership and helps us continue our work to raise  awareness and support for the marriage equality movement in Washington.
Come bowling with friends and other Seattle Human Rights Campaign supporters at The Garage on Capitol Hill. Included with your ticket is an annual  membership to HRC, light appetizers, bowling shoes, and 2 hours of  bowling. Prizes will be awarded all day long!

Make marriage equality in Washington a reality!

With the momentum for marriage equality around the country on our side and recent polling showing growing support in Washington State, now is the time to make marriage equality a reality.

Today, Jim Brunner of the Seattle Times ran a story announcing Washington United for Marriage, a vast coalition of local organizations, congregations, unions and businesses working together to secure civil marriage for loving, committed gay and lesbian couples in 2012.

HRC is a proud founding member of Washington United, and we look forward to securing marriage in Washington in the coming months. In order to do that, we need your help.

Join us across the state for Community Meetings on Marriage Equality, where you can learn about the campaign and how you can get involved. From Spokane to Gig Harbor, Vancouver to Bellingham, Washingtonians are making their voices heard.

Click here to find the community meeting in your area >>> WWW.HRC.ORG

All the best,

Marty Rouse
National Field Director

Shocking moment at GOP debate — fight back!

When audience members booed an openly gay soldier at last month’s GOP presidential debate, my heart dropped to my feet.

It was offensive enough that the audience would jeer one of our service members. But that none of the presidential hopefuls on stage stood up for this brave young man? Unconscionable.

And they say they want to be Commander-in-Chief.

These candidates lend a megaphone to a shared platform of hateful attacks on equality. We see them every day from leaders of the religious right all the way down to a New Jersey schoolteacher’s ugly Facebook tirade earlier this month. But there’s no slur too small for us to call out – and no lie too large for us to tear down.

And that’s where you come in, Carmen. You and I and all straight allies can stand up to these right-wing attacks and create a safer world for the LGBT community. Help us fight back by becoming a first-time HRC member before MIDNIGHT TOMORROW.

With less than 48 hours left to our deadline, we’re still 142 new members short of our goal – and we need your support now. Don’t wait any longer – please join today.

There’s a groundswell of support for equality lighting up our country, but dangerous, hateful talking points are still far too commonplace. GOP contenders are pledging to reinstate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and fight for a constitutional ban on marriage equality.

Every statement from the National Organization for Marriage and every speech by the head of the American Family Association drips in anti-LGBT anger – from calling equality supporters “anti-marriage goons”  to labeling homosexuality a “threat to public health.”

Hurtful, bigoted words like these get beamed into living rooms across the country and plastered across Facebook.

School administrators, teachers, and students take them as license to discriminate and to bully. Athletes take them as a sign that it’s okay to use anti-gay slurs. And Republican leaders in the House of Representatives use them as reasoning behind their multi-million dollar, taxpayer-funded court case in support of the Defense of Marriage Act. We can put an end to the hate, but not without your help. Will you fight back with us now?

We want you with us. Become an HRC member today to help defend our victories and build a world free of right-wing discrimination.

Time and time again, HRC has relied on a simple belief: equality is a right that should be afforded to all. It’s why you and I are part of this cause – and it’s what propels us through victories and setbacks. Thank you for everything you do to support this simple yet profound purpose.

For our future,

Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese