TexDef07 saidKoaa2 said,
"Blacks in the South, would never have gotten any rights if it hadn't been for the courts and Lyndon Johnson."
Apples and oranges. Blacks in the South were basically powerless to work through the political process. They couldn't vote. They had been kept socially isolated, uneducated, stigmatized, and economically deprived.
Gays on the other hand are everywhere, at every level of society. We are particularly well represented in fields that shape public opinion. Many of us have considerable financial and social resources. We should be able to do this on our own.
I'd like to note, that Blacks were not just in the south, they were everywhere. In fact, they moved in drones North after they realized how unsuccessful Jim Crow would become. Also, the majority voted against their rights on numerous occasions. And I'd like to note that they weren't totally isolated. Martin Luther King, Jr. - an educated man - stood behind Lyndon Johnson as he set forth the acceptance of their rights. They marched in the streets and did not allow themselves to be isolated. While we cant be noticed at first glance, and do have larger financial resources, we are still in a VERY similar movement. I agree that it would be best if votes could retain our rights, but that's not going to happen when in one of the most religious countries in the world.
Just as Loving vs. Virginia and so many other cases have, this will most likely have to be settled in a court that is there to protect our CONSTITUTION (whether it be the US or California). We cant let bigotry rule in the polls to override the founding principles of our nation. My ancestors came here to be free of government tyranny and bigotry. Frankly, I'm glad the courts are there to protect us. If they didn't make these rulings, we would DEFINITELY be isolated by now. I've come out, and I'm not going back in. I agree in changing people's minds 100%, but we still cant change everyone's.