Saturday, November 8, 2008
In the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8 the wagons have been circled and we are shooting each other! What in the world is going on?
To name just a couple of the areas where the "rough and tumble boogie" is being played out.
There is a huge disappointment from the LGBT community. In California we went from the mountain top with the Supreme Court ruling to the the depths of the valley with the passage of Proposition 8. Now, we are beating the crap out of anyone and everyone for all sorts of reasons when in fact we should be gathering our resources and responding in ways that will support the LGBT community. The folks at the "other sites" are having a field day with this and do not think for one minute that this nonsense going on is not going to come back and hurt the need for full rights for all people. Peaceful protests, peaceful marching in the streets, letter writing campaigns, court action (which seems to be the most sensible/productive) are all things we should be focusing on. Beating each other up does not strike me as really productive. Bating up those that hurt you does not seem like a way in which to change their minds -- in fact it is counter productive. In fact it gives the enemies of constitutional rights more ammunition to go after other persons rights.
I cannot walk in your shoes, I cannot feel your pain, and I cannot feel your despair. I am not you. But I do support your drive for full rights like yesterday. Keep in mind that courts have said the LGBT person has these God-given rights. This proposition 8 has denied them to you but they have not taken them away from you, no one and nothing can do that. We just need the courts to once again reiterate that fact. It will happen.