Soulforce, of course, tackles the marriage equality issue in its own inimitable fashion. The Arizona chapter’s Right to Marry campaign has laid lots of groundwork for the forthcoming struggles, and the next round begins next month in Phoenix.
Here is a look at what’s gone before for Right to Marry:
Our work in Arizona uses the framework of pilgrimage for its outreach. Last summer, we walked 96 miles throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, one mile for every year Arizona has been a state without full legal recognition of its LGBT citizens. We stopped at churches, political meetings, and city manager offices to have a conversation about Proposition 102, the Arizona “defense of marriage” legislation, and a larger discussion about our lives and values.
Unfortunately, last November, Proposition 102 passed, but our work to create a cultural shift is as important as ever. We will continue our pilgrimage work with 97 miles this year in August. We will be visiting the communities that had the highest number of votes in favor of marriage inequality.
For one week, a core team of Equality Walkers will hit the pavement to speak to police, city managers, faith communities, elected officials and individuals in diverse districts. We invite community members to join us for a day or a segment on this journey. Look out for the rainbow umbrellas!
Click here to read past blogs, view photos and the route, see past media coverage, and meet the Equality Walkers of our Right to Marry: Arizona 2008 and New York campaign archives.