As many of you already know, having followed ISBL for a while now, Carlos and I recently helped to form The Will of the People Fund, a grass roots organization formed with a singular purpose in mind: to fight for marriage equality in South Carolina.
The catalyst for our group is the pending lawsuit by Katie Bradacs and her wife, Tracie Goodwin-Bradacs, against the State of South Carolina in Federal District Court. Their suit seeks an order requiring the state to recognize their legal marriage that was performed in Washington, DC in 2012.
Our mission is really simple: to raise funds for non-attorney costs in support of that suit and for any future marriage equality litigation in South Carolina; The Will of the People Fund hopes to provide assistance for ongoing costs such as filing fees, legal brief writings, clerical work, photocopying and binding, etc.
Again, no attorney fees will be paid from this fund as the attorneys in the current suit, Carrie Warner and John Nichols,are donating their time.
Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down a similar state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia, which paves the way for South Carolina to allow marriage equality for its gay and lesbian citizens.
And this is where the money comes in ... please consider being a part of LGBT history by supporting The Will of the People Fund with a generous contribution. Since there is very little overhead, all of our work is being done by volunteers, 95% of what we raise will go towards those non-attorney costs in our ongoing fight for marriage equality in South Carolina.
If you wish to donate, please mail your tax-deductible donation check, made payable to The Will of the People Fund to:
The Will of the People Fund
P.O. Box 5006
Columbia, SC 29250
And help spread the word by liking us on Facebook [at The Will of the People Fund ... you can click our icon at the top right of this page] and sharing our story with others.
Carlos and I, as well as Katie and Tracie, and all other same-sex couples in South Carolina seeking equality, thank you.