As we all know the U.S. government, specifically California has been under fire for their refusal to recognize gay, bi-sexual, and transgender marriages. Once Proposition 8 was passed in the state last November, several organizations immediately went to work to appeal the decision. Since then it’s been an uphill battle, but many celebrities and other’s of influence have tried to do what they can to help obtain equality for all effected. Last year’s biopic Milk, which earned Sean Penn his second Academy Award, mirrored similar struggles of today’s gay community more than 30 years after Harvey Milk’s unfortunate death.
The Courage Campiagn, an “online organizing network that empowers nearly 700,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change” has been backed by the creators of Milk to help stop discrimination against the gay community. A recent letter was sent out on behalf of Sean Penn, Dustin Lance Black, Cleve Jones, Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks and Gus Van Sant in an attempt to gain supporters to take a stand against those who backed Prop 8.
Here is a snippet from the letter that details the current state of their fight for equality.
A few minutes ago, the California Supreme Court heard the final oral arguments in the case to overturn Proposition 8. Within 90 days, we will know whether the court will restore equal rights or uphold injustice. No matter what the state Supreme Court decides, the fight for equality will continue in California and across the country.
Harvey Milk understood the need to organize communities from the bottom-up, the need for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people to be out and proud as leaders in this movement, and the need for straight allies to join them in solidarity. That’s why we worked so hard to get the film “Milk” to movie screens across America. We wanted to show a new generation of Americans how Harvey organized to win landmark victories in the fight for equal rights.
If you would like to give your support and read the rest of the letter you can visit the official Courage Campaign website here.