One of the lessons learned from the “No On Prop 8” campaign in California is the importance of sharing with others about marriage–especially, about why marriage matters to you, either as an LGBT person or a straight ally.
Researchers of the campaign discovered that many of those who voted Yes (thus banning same-gender marriage in the state) did so even though they have LGBT family, friends, or co-workers whom they love and respect. However, in many cases, these yes-voters reported that their LGBT friends had never discussed with them the importance of marriage. Voters whose LGBT loved ones HAD witnessed to the importance of marriage in their lives were much more likely to vote No.
Just one conversation can make a difference. This year, as advocates of marriage equality are organizing in several states, we encourage all to see today, National Coming Out Day, as an opportunity to come out about why marriage matters to you. And not just for one day, but for a whole month! In the next month, we challenge all members and friends of Lutherans Concerned/North America to talk with ten others about how marriage and family are meaningful in your life.
For other information about National Coming Out Day, see the Human Rights Campaign webpage.