LGBT activist Candace Gingrich speaks at UCSB on the importance of fighting Proposition 8.
UCSB Students Rally Against Proposition 4 and 8
Candace Gingrich Speaks at Campus Event Encouraging Gay, Women’s Rights
Friday, October 31, 2008
Flashes of red and white filled Storke Plaza today on UCSB’s campus as a flurry of posters reading ‘Vote No on 4 & 8’ were waved at the rally against what are perhaps California’s most controversial propositions in the November 4 election.
The rally was sponsored by the Get Up Vote Down campaign, an active political organization on college campuses statewide. Its goal is to convince students to vote against Proposition 4 - which would require doctors to inform a guardian and wait 48 hours before performing abortions on girls under 18 - and Proposition 8 - which would amend the State Constitution to prohibit marriages between same-sex couples.
COngresswoman Lois Capps argues in against propositions 4 and 8.
A star-studded lineup spoke at the event, including keynote speaker Candace Gingrich - the famous spokesperson for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community and sister of former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich - who flew in from Washington, D.C., to express her support. Candace Gingrich energized the crowd with calls to help fight Props. 4 and 8. “We need people to base their decision on the truth, and the only way they’ll know the truth is if you tell them,” she urged.
When asked later if she thinks these rallies are effective in convincing people to vote no when they might be on the fence on the matter or even in support of such measures, Gingrich again emphasized the importance of spreading a message. “While most of the events I attend are like preaching to the choir, the important part is getting the choir to sing,” she said.
Hannah-Beth Jackson, the Democratic candidate for California’s 19th State Senate seat, also stirred the crowd with her words. When she encouraged everyone to “look forward to your future,” a lone protestor, who identified himself as Paul and had been periodically yelling over the speakers, screamed, “That’ll be hell!” Jackson responded quickly: “We want a world where we love each other. We want a nation whose government reflects our equality in God’s eyes,” she said, eliciting cheers from the crowd.
A lone protestor, “Paul,” protests gays, as well as boozers, dopers, revelers, and so-called “mouthy women” and “girlie men” [sic].
Aside from Paul the protestor, no other opposition appeared at the rally. Everyone interviewed had already decided to vote no on Prop. 8. Annie Young, an 18-year-old biology major, said, “While the presidential election is important, I registered on the last possible day mainly to vote no on [Proposition] 8.”
Shannon Switzer is an Independent intern.