Bruce (kor27) wrote,
Bruce
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Last night was awesome. I got to KoC around 7:40pm, and moahb already had a table set up in front of the bar.

It seemed to fit that I heard my first No on 8 radio ad on the way there.

I was largely ready to go on time - and I think it took until about 8:40pm to get enough people to sing - but then they started pouring in. Quite a few regulars, but also a huge number of people that I haven't seen in ages - and a large number that I've never seen at all.

It's a little daunting to even attempt to list anybody, so I think I won't even try. But I will say that I had about 42 singers over the length of the evening, and managed to make it most of the way through the fourth rotation before having to shut down.

Tips were reasonable, and as I said I'd do at the bar last night, have been donated to the No on 8 campaign (I actually donated through the HRC website, on the theory that it's well-established, so I know its identity).

The bar did extremely well, and if I remember properly, Noah told me they managed to raise over $500 for the cause. It's a drop in the bucket compared to the extra $10 million in out-of-state funding that the pro-8 people have, but every drop helps. In fact, as Noah has pointed out, if every member and friend of the community would donate just $20, we could match that amount.

It's not, as some have claimed, a do-or-die situation. Even if it passes, the proposition is of questionable legality, and unlikely to stand up in court - and if it does, is likely to, as I've said before, simply result in the abolishment of civil marriage in California.

Which would be... disruptive.

It's always amazing to me how people can pretty up ugly concepts to make them more palatable. There is no inherent difference between this and any other form of back-of-the-bus mentality. "We've always had black slaves - it's tradition!" "I have no problem with gays, as long as they keep out of sight!"

Sigh. Well, back in the narrative, it took me longer than usual to tear down, because I had an extra 15 minutes of slip filing to do. Then Timmie and I had a relaxed breakfast chez April, and came home, where I've mostly been sleeping. I should get a bit more of that done before tonight's interview.
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