CA Sacramento County firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie was galvanized into action by the passage of Proposition 8 in California. She says, "I am offended by the fact that religious doctrine in disguise was written into the State Constitution with the express purpose of suppressing the rights of a group of people. We are not a theocracy. Our Constitution is meant to protect us, not hurt us, nor should it be manipulated to create an "us" and "them" line of thinking. I find it appalling that marriage rights were given to the LGBTIQ community and then ripped away just months later. The straight community has the luxury of being born with these rights – why should ANYONE have to fight for the same? I want to help reconcile the misleading information set forth by the Yes On 8 campaign. The more I talk to people and debunk what they were told and hold to be true, the more I see people who wish they had voted differently." She believes strongly in the value of public education.
CA Solano County email@example.com
The Janis-Kitzmillers met in December of 2000. They have been together in a loving, committed relationship ever since. In the summer of 2001 they filed as Domestic Partners with the state of California's Domestic Partner Registry. Jeff & Dave were married in the rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall on 15 February 2004 and they are featured in the documentary I Will, I Do, We Did! which chronicles the historic San Francisco same-sex marriages of 2004. In August of 2004, when the California Supreme Court invalidated the marriages that had occurred in San Francisco, Jeff & Dave decided to take their anger and frustration out by pledging to fight for same-sex marriage rights. "We realized that we need to change the hearts and minds of the world, and that needs to start at home." So at the end of August, Jeff and Dave formed what has become the MEUSA CA Solano County Chapter. They also established the Solano-Napa LGBTQI Organizations Coalition to encourage various local organizations to work together in shaping the local LGBTIQ community. In 2008 Jeff and Dave were legally married. Dave has served on the MEUSA Board of Directors for many years, including serving as Vice President and President -- he is the current President of the Board. He has also served as the IT Coordinator and as our Newsletter Editor.
CA Yolo County firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellen and Shelly have been together for 39 years, had a Civil Union in Vermont in 2000, became Registered Domestic Partners in California in 2002, had a Newsom Marriage during the "Winter of Love" in San Francisco in 2004, and were either the first or second same-sex couple to legally marry in California in 2008 (depending on whom you ask)! They have been gay rights activists since 1983 when they lobbied their city council to pass the Davis Civil Rights Ordinance which eliminated intentional discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; this was one of the first such laws in the country. They organized Gay Pride Day in Yolo County for 10 years, have organized Marriage Equality events for the past 12 years, and are constantly amazed and empowered by the growth of equality for LGBTIQ people. It's almost impossible to believe how far our movement has come since they first met in 1973!