I put an out of office auto-reply on. This is what people got when they emailed me:
Actually - I am in the office today, so I will get back to you in due course.
However, I have turned on my "out of office assistant" as a small token of protest.
Today is Human Rights Day, and in relation to that, an event called "A Day Without A Gay" has been organized to protest the passage of Proposition 8, which, if upheld by the California Supreme Court, will once again deny same sex couples the right to marry in California.
For "Day without a Gay", Gay people and their friends and allies have been encouraged to call in sick to work, to help bring home the magnitude of the issue, and remind people that every day they work with gay men and lesbians whose lives have been directly impacted by the passage of the hateful Prop 8.
I don't think calling in sick would have been appropriate, but I do believe that this message could have an even greater impact than my absence from work (and let's face it, my work would get done at some point anyway!).
If you are receiving this email it is because you are a colleague or a friend, or you work with me, or you work with others whom I support in my role as Assistant General Counsel and Vice President, Law.
What you may not know, is that in 2004 I rushed to marry my partner of 28 years (then 23 years) when Gavin Newsom directed the County Clerk in San Francisco to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. That marriage was annulled (correctly, I believe, since I really don't think mayors, no matter how good their intentions, should be permitted to change state law by fiat). On June 17, 2008 - the first day we could after the California Supreme Court's historic ruling - my husband and I married again. The status of that marriage is now in doubt. This is personally very painful to me.
Marriage is a fundamental right. So says the Supreme Court - not just the California Supreme Court, but also the highest courts of every state, and of course the United States Supreme Court. The issue posited by Prop 8 (or Prop H8 as I like to call it) is whether this fundamental right should be denied to same sex couples. Clearly, I do not believe it should be, and I hope that by having read this far, you have taken a moment to ponder the personal impact of the outcome of that vote. For me, and for you.