Creating Poise over Noise: Strike Prop. 8 while the iron is hot.

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    Jan 14, 2009 5:46 PM GMT
    Background: Proposition 8 passed in California, effectively banning same-sex marriage (please make note of the terminology. It's same-sex, not gay--because it is more than men marrying!)

    Analysis: Mass anger has broken out in the LGBT community. Many have taken to the streets, most have been peaceful. Blame has gone around with finger pointing at Blacks and Mormons. Confusion as to what steps should be swing momentum back in favor of equality for all.

    Problem: No sure answer is in many mouths or minds of the LGBT community. Anger and burnt feelings remain.

    Where does one go when life throws shit at us? Children turn to their parents, teens to their friends, adults to co-workers and confidants. Yet, they all have one similar voice answering their concerns. The internal argument is one many miss. After watching Prop. 8 pass I was a bit stunned and sad. But I'm not about to go and protest because I'm not one to wave a flag (which is an entirely separate story, but we need both kinds) and I feel the protests will of course attract attention from the media and passers-by, but get the community nowhere on obtaining equal rights.

    More than anything, I was disturbed by the feeling of missing something. I recently figured found that piece through in a conversation I had with a campus organization. It is the word 'lost'...the community screamed 'We lost!!!'

    NO! Stop that language right now! Lost implies someone this case those who pushed for taking equal rights away. Don't use that term, or you give them the upper hand to say 'We won!' No losing, no winning. They fought to take rights AWAY. They did not win a thing.

    But getting back on track, before I had discovered that vocabulary issue, I had intended to solely blog about what the community can to do get back on track. Here's my proposal. Network, talk and get politically poised. If you haven't seen the Olbermann rant, click the link...let the video load as you read the rest of this blog. Here's the link again. (PS - he doesn't talk about being politically active, but makes a good logical argument about equal rights.)

    The nation is looking at a very major political swing. One where we could see the major hurdles holding equal rights for LGBTs out of reach come down. DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)--the legal wording and wiki for easy reading--and DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell)--NY Times article and here's the wiki[url],_don%27t_tell[/url]. DOMA was enacted in 1996 to make it legal for states in the U.S.A. to not recognize same-sex marriages. DADT basically says volunteering information on being interested in same sex relations is grounds for expulsion from the armed forces.

    Personally, I would love to join the national guard and serve the country, but have never felt compelled to because, not that I'd ever really see a situation where sexuality would come up, but I'd rather be able to talk about and feel on an even keel about any one I might be seeing, instead of hearing all about the manly adventures of using girl after girl after girl.

    Obama has vowed to bring down the discriminatory ideas mentioned above. Here is an excerpt from a release put out by the campaign:

    "As your President, I will use the bully pulpit to urge states to treat same‐sex couples with full equality in their family and adoption laws. I personally believe that civil unions represent the best way to secure that equal treatment. But I also believe that the federal government should not stand in the way of states that want to decide on their own how best to pursue equality for gay and lesbian couples ‐whether that means a domestic partnership, a civil union, or a civil marriage. I support the complete repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Federal law should not discriminate in any way against gay and lesbian couples, which is precisely what DOMA does. I have also called for us to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and I have worked to improve the Uniting American Families Act so we can afford same‐sex couples the same rights and obligations as married couples in our immigration system."

    Here is the link[url]
  • metta

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    Jan 15, 2009 1:56 AM GMT
    One of the best web sites that I have found to get updated information in regards to prop 8 and related issues is: