In protest of California's Proposition 8, which revokes the right for the LGBT community to marry, IC' s student group Created Equal staged a unique fund raiser in Emerson Suites this past week. For the suggested donation of $8.00, students received a fake marriage certificate and matching rings (ring pops!) after "marrying" anyone of their choosing.
"Created Equal created this fund raiser to support Equality California, which is a organization in California that works to achieve equality and secure legal protection for LGBTQA people," said Heather Mueller, a member of Created Equal. "The organization is always looking for money to support and fund projects and issues in the LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally) community. Since many people in the Ithaca community were angry about Proposition 8 being passed, Created Equal tried to think of a way that the IC community could contribute to the cause. Thus we came up with the idea, "Get Hitched for Prop 8." Our goal is to raise awareness within our campus community about intolerance and hate, and to provide education about creating change."
The event raised $146, all of which will go to Equality California to help "No on Prop 8."
"We also hope that the few states that do have the right for same-sex marriage will start to "catch on" (so to speak) and that other states will grant the right in the future as well," adds Mueller. "Plus, it's just fun to pretend to get married to your friends or partner with a ring pop as rings."
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