If you’ve been following the ongoing trials of Carol Ann and Laura Stutte trying to get their insurance company, American National Property and Casualty, to pay up after their home was burned down by a homophobic arsonist, you know that I started a petition on http://gayrights.change.org last week. I did this after some of the handful of readers of my blog suggested it. In a week’s time, I had collected about 1500 signatures.
What is cool about the online petition system created by http://change.org is that each time a user “signs” the petition, their petition engine fires off an email with a letter attached to each person that is listed as the “target” of the petition. Of course, this has no “legal” effect, but what it does have is the ability to annoy the hell out of the person that is a”target”. Imagine, if you will, your inbox filled with 1500 letters from people you don’t know telling you how badly you suck.
I thought I was making an impact, but apparently I wasn’t. According to my sources, the insurance company has not yet relented.
In comes GetEqual…
The organization that can be credited with the majority of the effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the same people that brought us the National Equality March in 2009 have become involved. Within a couple of hours of GetEqual sharing the story of Carol Ann and Laura Stutte with their audience, the petition count has jumped up to over 6000. That’s over 4000 additional annoying emails sent in a matter of a few short hours.
GetEqual has one goal: make American National Property and Casualty honor their policy with Carol Ann and Laura Stutte now – not tomorrow.
You can still help put pressure on American National Property and Casualty:
- Sign the petition
- Make a phone call to (417) 887-0220
- Send a fax to (417) 887-1801 (<—- it’s easy, just click here)
- Donate for an insulin pump in my sidebar (story here)
- Donate to GetEqual so they can continue their mission