Editor's note: Sex-advice columnist Dan Savage recently vowed to respond to any question from a person who'd donated to the defeat of Proposition 8 in California -- and promised to publish the letter of the biggest contributor. That deal prompted this missive:
Dear Dan: I saw your offer to respond to all e-mails from people who made at least a $25 donation to the fight against California’s Proposition 8. I would like you to consider expanding the offer to include donations to our campaign. As you may know, Florida voters have been asked to approve a similar amendment here. Amendment 2 is worse, actually, as it also bans civil unions and domestic partnerships. But we only need 40 percent of the vote to block it. We’re no joke -- we’ve raised about $4 million, and our TV ads start this week. But we need another $500,000 to push this over the top. Derek Newton, Campaign Manager, www.sayno2.com.
And here's Dan's reply:
Dear Derek: You’re in.
The six biggest Savage Love donors to either www.noonprop8.com or www.sayno2.com will see their letters in print, and everyone who makes a donation of at least $25 to either group — send your donation confirmation e-mail along with your question to email@example.com -- gets a personal reply from yours truly. The cutoff date for eligible letters is October 16.
And if my readers in Canada want to play along, too, they're invited to send proof of a donation to someone, anyone, running against Stephen Harper. -- Dan Savage
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