Magic Johnson Urges Voters to Vote NO on Proposition 8 Joins Steve Young Family in Calling for Defeat

Nov 01, 2008, 15:00 ET from NO on Prop 8

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Magic Johnson, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame after winning five NBA championships as a Los Angeles Laker, and three Most Valuable Player awards, has lent his voice to the chorus of those calling Proposition 8 wrong and unfair.

Johnson's efforts to defeat Prop 8 occurred as the family of Steve Young announced their opposition. Barbara Young made it clear last night that they will vote NO on 8. Steve Young, the legendary former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers was MVP of Super Bowl XXIX, MVP of the NFL in 1992 and 1994, and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Young family released the following statement last night: "We believe ALL families matter and we do not believe in discrimination, therefore, our family will vote against Prop 8."

And in a recorded telephone call to California voters, Johnson says:

"This is Magic Johnson calling to ask you to join me and Barack Obama in opposing Proposition 8.

"Prop 8 singles out one group of Californians to be treated differently - including members of our family, our friends, and our coworkers.

"That is not what California is about. So this Tuesday, vote no on Proposition 8. It is unfair and wrong. Thanks."

The telephone message from Magic Johnson will reach millions of California voters in the final days, urging voters to reject this discriminatory and unfair initiative.

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