Since Republican presidential nominee John McCain picked evangelical Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate - the Yes on 8 campaign has leapt ahead in the fundraising arena - raising around five million dollars since Sept. 1.
As of right now - the antigay Yes on 8 campaign has sixteen million dollars to spend on expensive commercial air time - compared to eleven million for the No on 8 campaign.
What do Palin's nomination and Proposition 8 have to do with one another, you ask? Well, Sarah Palin has restored the conservatives' pride in 'small town values.' 'No, no' - she tells voters, 'you're not voting for a ticket that would extend both an unpopular war and the financial policies that have wrought havoc on our economy - that's not what the election is about. It's about defending your values.' So, if small towns don't value a healthy economy and an end to the war, what do they value? Marriage inequality. With just McCain around, people were forgetting that they were once proud of their bigotries - now all this talk of 'small town values' has made denying other people the opportunities the rest of us enjoy seem patriotic again.
And if you don't believe me that the small town values is simply a euphemism for homophobia, ask a conservative to define the term for you. Oh, wait - someone already did:
And California, please vote no on Proposition 8.