Friday, November 14, 2008

Raleigh, NC: Rally Against Prop. 8! Be There!

A shout out to my friend Tom Greene and others who are pulling a rally together in Raleigh, NC afternoon, protesting the passage of Prop. 8:

I've just found out that tomorrow, Saturday, November 15 is a national day of protest of California's Proposition 8. Those of you who know me well are familiar with my views about our rights, especially the right to marry. You've probably heard me speak to the notion that it's our own fault that we don't have absolutely equal rights in the US because we haven't stood up and demanded them. All of us, together, can change things. Fragmented, we can settle into our ruts and gripe about the way things should be.
Tomorrow, protests are scheduled all over the country. The closest one to us wll be at 1:30PM in Raleigh at the Halifax Mall, between Wilmington & Salisbury Streets, behind the NC Legislative Building. Others have done all the work of planning, getting permits, arranging volunteers and police protection. All we have to do is show up. Little to ask, I think, unless you have something more pressing than demanding the same rights as all other American citizens have.
You can check out the website for the protest at: http://jointheimpact.wetpaint.com/
I know we don't all share the same opinions. Not all of us would want to be married if we could. I don't understand, though, how some can not want to have the same opportunities as everyone else. In our country, marriage is an institution that gives people inumerable civil rights. If you don't want to have children, do you submit to castration? I don't think so. Some day, you might make a new decision. Why, then, would you allow our fellow citizens and government to cut off our ability to claim the same civil rights that they enjoy? Why wouldn't you support other gay people who want to get married, even if you don't?

Hope we can all be supportive of this important cause!

Pace!

B

3 comments:

virtualredhead said...

Great post. I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read some of the wingnut reactions to Prop 8 protests and boycotts--It is kind of hilarious to listen to them get so hysterical, but then it's tragic once you realize how many people actually buy that crap.

Case in point, the terrifying glitter siege on a Michigan church: Glitter by the bucketload? Why, god, WHY?

Tom Greene said...

Just wanted to let everyone know: We are protesting RAIN OR SHINE!

Bring a raincoat. (Rain's more fun anyway!)

Thank you.

Brett Webb-Mitchell said...

I have a gig at 5, so my hope is to get there, and, yes, in the rain.

I am watching with awe a sense of folks rising up with the "win" of Prop. 8. Galvanizing moment. Perhaps watershed event.

After all, it is time to change the conversation re: weddings, marriages, etc. Let all who wish to marry marry. After all, it is the state that marries people, not the church, mosque, synagogue, or faith center, community center, or ship.

B