As you’re probably aware, I’m donating 20% of the sales of my new novel, The Sword and the Sorcerer, to Freedom to Marry, the national campaign for marriage equality. The main character is in a long-term, committed, same-sex relationship, and, in my fantasy world, no one bats an eye over that. Calibot and his partner Devon are simply accepted.
I would like fantasy to become reality in the United States. All couples should be allowed to marry and live free of discrimination. Anything less is un-American.
But there are those who not only oppose same-sex relationships, they want it to be legal to discriminate against them. Here in my home state of Kansas, our legislature has become frightened of recent court decisions striking down constitutional bans on gay marriage in Oklahoma and Utah. Worried that the same thing will happen here, our state representatives have passed a bill that will make it legal for businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples.
As it often is, this bigotry is cloaked in religious freedom. Basically, the Kansas legislature doesn’t want someone who opposes homosexuality on religious grounds to be forced to serve homosexuals. Wrap it up in the American ideal of religious freedom, and suddenly bigotry is a right, not a character flaw.
This is Jim Crow all over again.
So, since the forces of bigotry and hatred are stepping up their game to try to prevent equal rights for all, I’m upping the ante too. I’m designating the first Friday of each month as 50% Fridays. On designated Fridays, I’ll donate 50% of my sales that day to Freedom to Marry.
Today is the first 50% Friday. I’m hoping to raise $500. In terms of the money needed to fight these sorts of initiatives nationally, that’s a very modest amount. In terms of my usual daily sales it’s ambitious.
But whether I hit the goal or not, I’m very serious about this fight. I’m committed to being on the right side of history.
Won’t you help me? Buy a copy of The Sword and the Sorcerer, and you’ll get an epic fantasy about a young man thrust into a power struggle he wants no part of. You’ll also get the satisfaction of helping bring equal rights to all Americans.
Please feel free to forward this blog, reblog it, and otherwise spread the word. Use the hashtag #50percent4Freedom2Marry. Click the links below to make a purchase. I’ve also included a link to Freedom to Marry so, if you don’t want the book, you can still make a donation. Thank you.