Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Victory and Defeat

With the euphoria of last night, it's easy to understand how such a miserable setback for the LGBT community went essentially unnoticed. As written on the DailyKos, it appears as though the new front in civil rights is gay and immigrant issues. Race, we have overcome. Gender, we have overcome. But last night, LGBT issues were losers across the spectrum. We have not one, not two, but three more states in which it discrimination is now institutionalized and, beyond anything I can understand, in Arkansas, gays and lesbians are now forbidden from adopting.

2010 will come, and we can fight these fights again, but it will be a while before I can accept the fact that my fellow Americans can be that petty, that personal and that biggoted. There is a feeling in the pit of my stomach much like the one I had the day after the election four years ago. That we can move so far as a nation and yet, choose to leave behind our fellow Americans.

We cannot enjoy the freedoms we have until every American has those freedoms for himself.

How can I look my friend in the face when she comes back from Iraq to a wedding she and her partner have been planning for the two weeks they have off together between deployments and tell her...sorry...we took a vote and, you're not good enough.

Why can we not mobilize? Why is it that the friends and families of gays and lesbians in America are not involved in the fight? For that matter, why is it that there are not more gays and lesbians involved in the fight? I'm rambling because I'm I'll stop.


Blogger Brad said...

Where I agree with you on the fact of lack of mobilization and apathy among gay Americans. Also look at how this fight is being fought. Just like the democrats regrouped in the past 4-8 years and found a better way to campaign and organize for the Presidency, so should we in this fight. And the first step should be to drop the whole word "MARRIAGE" from the battle. Marriage is a religious word. Yes there are civil and legal aspects to it, but the strongest connotation to it is religion. You get "married in the eyes of the church", and so on. If the fight was fought on the civil aspects or legal rights and equal standing in society, you would see a better result.

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