The fingerprints of New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage's monstrous meddling in out-of-state politics are all over the chaos surrounding Maryland's House of Delegates as the floor vote approaches. The prospects for the vote this week are iffy.
Fortunately, we equality-minded Americans have a pretty awesome General in this fight ourselves, and she commands an army of little monsters of her own: Lady Gaga.
The pop superstar famously went to bat for “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” repeal, working with Servicemembers Legal Defense Network on news generating events and Senate lobbying efforts. And she's still in the fight for equal rights. She called out a New York Republican State Senator just yesterday:
Let's see if we can get her to help Equality Maryland to bring Marriage Equality home this week in the Free State. I actually reached out to Equality Maryland and made the suggestion, they liked it, and sent this reply.
But first, we have to get her attention. Now, I don't have a lot of Pop Superstars in my rolodex (I know! Shocker!). But I do have a Twitter account. So, I started a Twitter petition with a simple request:
You can go here to retweet it. It tweets the request to her Twitter account and will show up as a mention of her. She has all she needs right there, Equality Maryland's Twitter address. Gaga famously exchanged tweets with Senator Gillibrand during the DADT fight, I trust she can do the same with Equality Maryland.
And, I'm sure they have some great ideas on how she might be able put some heat behind passing this the bill. I'm sure they have some great action items she might tweet to her nearly 9,000,000 followers. She, being a world famous pop superstar on a busy touring schedule, may well be unaware of how close and tenuous this major LGBT Civil Rights victory is in Maryland. Let's let her know!
The delegates have heard from Maggie Gallagher and the National Organization for Marriage and their regressive right-wing Christianists. And now, it's time to engage the Maryland youth vote to speak their own minds. We passed the 26th Amendment to the Constitution so the youth could have a say in the political process. A poll from Grove Insight shows of Maryland voters:
Support for marriage equality is strongest among young Maryland voters- 65% of voters aged 18 to 29 support marriage equality. Registered independents – a key voting bloc of swing voters – favor marriage equality by a formidable 27 points with fully 59% in support.
I'm sort of assuming Lady Gaga's 8,586,007 Twitter followers are probably pretty close to monolithically onboard with marriage equality. And a good number of them simply have to reside in Maryland by statistical probabilty, maybe even wavering Tiffany Alston's district? Who better to whip them into their own frenzy than Lady Gaga? So if you have a Twitter account, please lend your voice. Update: The power of the network!
Thank you for joining the fight, Lieutenant! We stand in solidarity with our families in Maryland who deserve equal protection under the law!