Guest post by Bill Humphrey of Delaware Right to Marry
My name is Bill Humphrey and I am the Statewide Director of Delaware Right to Marry Political Action Committee. I want to thank Unstable Isotope and liberalgeek for helping us get the word out about our effort, which made its public launch on Thursday evening. Many of you are familiar with me a bit from my comments on this site or from my political talk show on WVUD. Delaware Liberal was definitely one of the first few sites I thought of to mention the launch, as you might have seen in Thursday’s open thread, and I’m glad to have this opportunity to expand on that.
To let you all know what is going on, we are working to pass our proposed marriage equality bill (summary here) through the state legislature during the 2011 legislative session. During the late winter/early spring we will be announcing various ways you can get involved and events you can help out at, but of course like any campaign, we do need money right now. If you can spare some for us, we would really appreciate it. I will try to answer any questions you might have in the comments on this thread when I get a chance during the day, and you can certainly email me (director at delawarerighttomarry.com).
Our first goal is to raise $25 each from 106 people, totaling $2650, by December 16 (because I will be away after that and unable to deposit checks for a couple weeks), which will pay for the first statewide public opinion poll taken on any gay issues in several years. We will be testing support for marriage equality, civil unions, and specific provisions or variations upon our marriage proposal. This poll is going to be essential for demonstrating support for marriage equality to state legislators.
We don’t have an online system yet, so we’re only taking checks at the moment, which should be made out to “Delaware Right to Marry PAC.” (In fact, we will be able to lower our fundraising goal with more checks and fewer credit card donations anyway because we keep 100% of the face value of checks.)
Our address is:
Delaware Right to Marry PAC
PO Box 590
Newark DE 19715
Please provide a means of contacting you in case we have any questions about your contribution for legal purposes. And we want to be able to send you a thank you note, of course!
There are no contribution limits to PACs in the state of Delaware, but you must be at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and making the donation from a non-corporate account on your own behalf only (or else there is special documentation required first). Please be sure to provide your full name, address, employer, and occupation for our reporting requirements. Your contribution is essential, as we are a low-budget, all-volunteer operation.
Delaware Right to Marry PAC
PS: If you have not seen our website, be sure to check it out.