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Cleve Jones,
Milk Writer Publish Manifesto in S.F. Chronicle

Cleve Jones,
Milk Writer Publish Manifesto in S.F. Chronicle

Gay rights activist Cleve Jones and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have published a manifesto in one of California's most influential newspapers calling for LGBT civil disobedience and government intervention against Proposition 8.

Gay rights activist Cleve Jones and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black have published a manifesto in one of California's most influential newspapers calling for LGBT civil disobedience and government intervention against Proposition 8, the California constitutional amendment, recently approved by voters, that rescinded same-sex marriage rights.

In Friday's edition of the San Francisco Chronicle, Jones and Black wrote, "It has been thirty years since Harvey Milk gave his life in our struggle for equality. We will not wait thirty years more. We demand that the Federal Government act immediately, decisively and unequivocally to ensure equal protection under law throughout the United States of America. We can accept no compromise."

Jones and Black urged President-elect Barack Obama, House speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate majority leader Harry Reid to push legislation that protects LGBT people in areas of hate crimes, marriage, military service, adoption, Social Security, taxation, immigration, employment, housing, and access to health care, social services, and education.

The two men also called on supporters of gay equality to intensify protests and civil disobedience beginning November 27 -- the 30th anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination -- and climaxing January 20, when Obama will be inaugurated as president.

Jones and Black closed their piece with the message, "We can accept no compromise. We can wait no longer. Now is the time. We are equal." (Neal Broverman, The Advocate)

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