Tuesday, November 11, 2008

twist of irony

I'm still trying to figure out my feelings on this.
Thus far, I have figured out that I feel stunned, shunned, and sad. Frankly, not new feelings for a gay person in America. I think we go into these elections hoping for the best, praying that people will vote for fairness and equality on these measures. I've yet to see it happen.

Now that we have broken the race and gender barrier in Washington, the gay community will truly be the last minority to find inclusion. I keep trying to convince myself that the struggle toward inclusion takes many baby steps and doesn't happen fast. The struggle for racial equality was and is still long.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that the gay community overwhelmingly supported the black candidate but, in large, the black voters chose to exclude us from a victory.
I guess I have figured out my feelings. Blogging is wonderfully therapeutic.


Bren said...

I've been waiting for you to blog about this subject. This makes me feel so sad. I talk about equal rights with anyone who will listen by reminding people that two of the most wonderful people on this planet have a loving, committed, long term relationship and can't get married. This is just so unfair. My passion about this subject will not subside until ALL people have EQUAL RIGHTS!!!

Revday said...

There has been a lot of blame going around about who caused the loss of a right to marry, that should be ours. Gay people are focusing on the black and Latino community. That is too easy my friend. Others blame HRC. Some talk about the ballot confusion. It was a tricky question, I had to read it several times to understand it's intent because it was clumsy and such a backassed question in clearly an apparent attempt to derail the outcome. And then still others lay the cause at the feet of the Mormons. I have my preference. Mormon's and Catholics spent the most, sent the most, and worked with such angry fervor I was appalled. And I think many in California were overwhelmed by the religious involvment.
But rather then blame, let us discern the problems and begin our solutions. I choose to write letters to Senators, and our next president, sign petitions and pray for the supreme court of California to, once again, over turn this hateful amendment and deny this corruption of the constitution. Obama pledged to end DOMA, let's hold him to it.
Let us all work to stop churches from maintaining tax exemption when they work in the political arena and attempt to hurt any people. Lets support our organizations through feedback, money, and time. And let us marry and hold our own relationships as sacred no matter what anyone claims.
I also pray that the ugliness of prop 8ate will have the same outcome that the religious rights state of politics has felt since Nov. 4th. They have been told by our great people that they can not rule any longer. Obama did win and justice will prevail. It just does not happen in the way we want but it does happen, right on time.
Blessings and Peace.