This November, You Can Make History for Marriage Equality

10/20/2010 06:45 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

If you live in California, you can change the course of history of marriage equality coast-to-coast.

Every election matters, but this one is monumental. In California, we have a chance to elect a new attorney general and governor who will support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality 100 percent. Who we put into these critical offices will shape the outcome of the battle for equal rights, including the federal trial against Prop. 8.

The attorney general and governor have the power to determine whether our taxpayer dollars will be spent defending Prop. 8 in court or whether the State of California will continue to stand on the side of equality and justice.

Where do the candidates stand? Jerry Brown and Kamala Harris have promised not to stand on the side of bigotry and hatred. Both have vowed not to defend Prop. 8 in court and to advocate for full equality. Because of their strong support for marriage equality and for a myriad of other rights critical to securing full equality for LGBT people, they have been endorsed by Equality California. If elected, we can count on them to be our champions.

Meg Whitman and Steve Cooley have both promised to defend discrimination. Rather than supporting the rights of all Californians to be treated equally under the law, they would seek to set aside the sweeping federal district court ruling declaring that laws banning marriage equality violated the United States Constitution -- a powerful ruling that has national implications in the fight for equality. Whitman and Cooley are willing to put the U.S. Constitution aside to pander to right wing interests.

Equality California has been working with PowerPAC to release an online short helping pro-equality voters understand the magnitude of the attorney general's race in this election and the importance of their vote. Please check out this short, then share it with everyone you know who supports equality. Make sure they know how important it is that they vote. If every equality-minded voter makes it to the polls, we will witness an historic victory on November 2.

Whatever happens in the federal case against Prop. 8, we know it will have a national impact. California's voters will once again play a major role in securing marriage equality across the nation. Where will you be on November 2?