RudeMech saidPerhaps I'm being optimistic, but the saber rattling by anti-gays types has me quite excited. The louder they get the more it begins to sound like death throws. Some incredible steps have been taken for gay rights with more in the wings, and our issues are being covered on a near daily basis in all forms of media. In just the last few weeks here on RJ a big number of brothers have shared that they are taking big personal steps to become visible and are declaring their right to be valued fully for who they are. Despite the long, hard fight that lay ahead, everyday I find myself become more and more hopeful.
Anyone else sensing big changes in the air?
I agree, there's momentum building.
From the legal angle, courts are taking apart anti-gay laws one piece at a time, such as Don't Ask/Don't Tell, the Defense of Marriage Act, and Proposition 8 in Calif., all of which were ruled as unconstitutional by lower federal courts. I think you'll also start seeing law suits by gay couples legally married by their home state, demanding equal rights under federal law - for example, the right for the spouse of a US citizen to automatically be eligible for a green card isn't granted to gay couples who are legally married under state law. That'll be challenged in court soon, maybe next week. As precedent after precedent is set by the courts, the house of cards will eventually fall.
Then there are the social movements adding to the momentum. I think the recent suicides and the positive fallout such as the explosion of the "It Gets Better" campaign could potentially have a bigger effect on social acceptance and awareness than the Matthew Shepard murder did a dozen years ago. And let's not forget all the high-profile anti-gay-rights dudes who keep being outed as homosexuals, which exposes the hypocrisy of these loud-mouths.
Yea... I think there are changes in the air.