Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Flash Mob: Do you feel the love? (UPDATED)

Maya:  cutest campaigner in Maine
In Maine, we are a week away from voting on Question One, the issue of gay marriage (again) and I have all my fingers and toes crossed that Maine is going to come out on the right side of history this time:  voting for equal rights for all people.  Love is love.  Fair is fair. 

The election season has been especially heated and contentious on this issue.  There have been businesses boycotted,  op eds with nasty comments, intense debates, campaign signs posted and vandalized and stolen. 

If you've read this blog for a while, you probably know that my best friends Sandi and Suzanne are a gay couple raising two amazing girls, Ella and Maya, who also happen to be the best friends of my children.  I believe so strongly that if everyone knew their family, this issue of whether gay people could get married would be behind us, because hanging out for even a few minutes would make you understand what love, commitment, and family is all about.

When Skyler was little and she heard me say something about the fact that Sandi and Suzanne weren't married, she said:  "Wait, what?  Why aren't Sandi and Suzanne married?"  and then:  "They can't get married?  Who says?  Well, that's not fair."  It seems pretty simple to me too.

Frankly, I don't really understand why we are still talking about this issue.  
To quote Suzanne in her awesome and recently published op-ed:

"Am I just stating the obvious when I say that if gay marriage is against your religion, then you aren’t obligated to get one?"

For a different perspective, read what Sandi wrote about the issue.  I challenge you to not be moved by her words. 

In one of her most brilliant moments (there are many), Suzanne dreamed up the idea of a bunch of us doing a Flash Mob in Bangor in support of voting YES on Question One.  She had the idea on a bike ride.  Don't we all have our best ideas on bike rides or runs?  I do too.

But this idea quickly turned into an organized and spirited plan.

The Flash Mob is on.  You are all invited.  Wear bright happy colors.  Bring supportive signs.  Come dance with us.  Let's have fun and make a statement about this issue in the most positive way we know how.

Details:  The flash mob will happen SATURDAY NOV. 3 at 12 noon in downtown Bangor.  Meet at 11:30 in Pickering Square.

If you want to come, learn the dance by watching the rehearsal here.  Practice, practice, practice.  You can also come to the last rehearsal at 4:00 on Friday in the OLD Home Depot parking lot next to Bangor's Target.

Questions?  email me and I'll get the answers from the boss.  Check on this facebook page for all the directions, announcements and step-by-step explanation of the dance moves.

I cannot overstate how excited I am.  I have always wanted to be in a flash mob, and this issue is so near and dear to me, that I could dance about it all day long.  Come dance, or just cheer from the sidelines. Supportive signs encouraged!

Hope to see you there!  Watch for us on the news.  :)


Amy Lawson said...

I hope you guys get a great turn out! Yesterday in Augusta there was a No on 1 flash mob at the rotary by the capital. The people were waving signs "Honk for Traditional Marriage!!!!" I went around the rotary 3 times and didn't hear any honks. Made me snicker a little bit. I hope this passes, and dude, I'm Mormon! It's just plain old time.

Emily McGee said...

I wish I could be there!

love is written here said...

Hilarious Amy!! Thanks Em...that was such a flattering post about us. You are too sweet. xoxo

RACHEL TaoOfPoop said...

I love the picture of your daughter. How great to teach her about equal rights so early. I am cheering you on!!

Rowgirl08 said...

I can't wait to watch this...per usual Suzanne and Emilie you are resorting to joy and love to fight the good fight! SO AWESOME!!