Friday, November 7, 2008

Civil Rights Movements: Equal Rights for Marriage

On Diane Rheam show on NPR this morning, one of the statements made by one of the panel members about the success of Prop. 8 in CA is something like this (to paraphrase): the LGBTQ movement is following the pattern of all civil rights movements: it moves in fits and starts. We make successes in one arena, only to be thwarted in other arenas. This was true for African Americans, for women, for people with disabilities, and for Hispanic Americans.

What is hurtful about the passage of Prop. 8 in CA is that so many African American churches and churches of Hispanic voters were literally bussed to the polls with the following orders: vote for Barack, and for pro-Prop. 8.

As one friend from CA wrote: "So the people who know discrimination best are best able to discriminate."

It is time to change.


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