VA Beach Woman’s Petition To Support Same-Sex Marriage Hits 5000 Signatures
Since part of DOMA was overturned and same-sex couples are now federally recognized, VA ACLU, Lambda Legal, and Equality Virginia have been working hard to break down more barriers here in Virginia. And on the heels of a HRC report that shows support for same-sex marriage increasing here in Virginia, one woman has gone above and beyond to help gain support for marriage equality. Dana Miller, a lesbian from Virginia Beach, has created a petition to have gay marriage legalized in Virginia through the popular online petition site Change.org. This petition will be sent to Tim Kaine, U.S. Senator Virgina, Frank Warner, State Senator Virginia, and Scott Rigell, US House of Representative-VA.
Miller doesn’t consider herself an activist as much these days, but she does have past experience rallying folks behind a cause. “I’ve done activist things through college and before college so I know that petitions are very powerful,” said Miller.
She started a petition from her cell phone the minute she heard that DOMA had been repealed. “A soon as that announcement went down I took my phone and went outside,” Miller said. The fact that same-sex couples were now federally recognized was a call to action in Miller’s eyes and, she hopes her actions will inspire others.
At first, the petition didn’t seem to be gaining any ground. Not many people had signed, and even fewer even knew that it even existed. Miller was not deterred, and began to spread the word as far as she could. “It didn’t seem like it wasn’t getting any kind of attention at first and I just kept persisting on it,” said Miller. “I kept putting it on my Facebook and Tweeting it and emailing it and kept pushing it out there.” Finally, her petition began to catch on and within the first three weeks, she had successfully gotten 922 people to sign.
Since the first three weeks, the petition has grown immensely. Miller’s petition grew by 3,000 this past Tuesday, and is now at over 5,000. Her goal is much higher than 5,000 however, with her mind-set on 1,000,000 signatures. “I have all faith that it can happen,” said Miller.
Most of her attempts to spread the petition have been received well, but it’s not always easy, as many of us know, to fight for progressive issues here in the Commonwealth. A Virginia based football fan page that she posted the petition too yielded some less than positive feedback. But when rude comments were posted, Miller decided to “kill them with kindness”. Her response to continuous negativity was “Why don’t you try love instead of hate, that would solve a multitude of problems.”
This petition is open to anyone to sign. Whether you are fighting to get your own rights, or fighting for the rights of a loved one, this petition needs your help. “Virginians are very important, but any and all signatures are going to help,” said Miller. “Sign on behalf of somebody you care about, or on behalf of humanity,” With enough signatures, Miller hopes to open politician’s eyes to the changing world. “I hope they get on the ball, start working on a bill, and get it passed. That’s the ultimate goal and that’s what I’m working for here. If nothing else, we will at least have their attention,” Miller stated.
One of the biggest points that Miller hopes to make by creating this petition is that everyone counts, and everyone can make a difference. “I think it’s important that our community at large realizes that one person can make a difference,” Miller said. “And they don’t have to give up their entire lives to do it.” Visit change.org to sing the petition and help the struggle for equal rights become a thing of the past.
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