I have to wonder if anyone’s still reading this. It certainly wasn’t our intent for it to go so quiet around here. But as it frequently does, life happened and here we are a month after the last post. Summer has been a whirlwind and before you know it, school will be starting up and tht part of life will happen.
Today has been kind of a discouraging day for me on the marriage equality front. I have found that I am really not a good phone banker. Not only am I uncomfortable and handle rejection quite poorly, I just don’t have what it takes to whip people up into a frenzy about marriage equality. And honestly, that kind of sits with my personality. I am not flashy, I don’t draw attention to myself (usually) and would prefer to fly below the radar. We hosted a phone bank here today that was very sparsely attended and really didn’t get much accomplished. I called probably 15 numbers, the vast majority of which were not at home and the two people I actually got bitched me out. I suppose I can understand that. I hate the phone as much as the next person, but I try really hard not to be mad at people who call for causes because 1) they really believe in them and 2) they are human beings with feelings.
It’s going to be a shit-fight in January when the legislature reconvenes. I have been trying to talk myself out of believing that, but it will happen. Even if the people by and large have stopped caring about it, the legislators and politicians have found a hot button issue to rally the troops in an election year. It WILL be an issue, no matter how much I want to delude myself that it won’t be.
People always ask me why I care. I’m not gay, I don’t have any gay relatives and didn’t really even know any gay people until the last few years. I don’t have an easy answer – probably because the answer is complicated and steeped in a lot of my own life story. But when it comes right down to it, I think the reason I care about LGBT issues in general and marriage equality specifically, it’s because we’re all people. And while people can be real shitheads sometimes, most of the time, they’re not and they just want to live their lives.
Musician Darren Hayes posted on his myspace blog a picture of him and his husband in Paris last November. It was right after Prop 8 passed and as a gay man, he was emotionally affected. He wrote the following which, while not entirely accurate (there was no attempt to change the U.S. Constitution), the sentiments still ring true.
Some folks in California decided to change the American Constitution to legislate
that this right should not be given to gay people in California.
Presumably because of what gay people will do to the definition of marriage.
Just so we are clear, this is our definition of marriage:
We want to grow old together.
We love each other so much that we want to share our lives together, forever.
We are monogamous. We’re faithful. We’re in it for the long haul.
Sometimes we argue over who’s turn it is to make a cup of tea, but for the most
part we are soul mates.
If, God forbid, one of us should fall ill, one of us will take care of the other one.
If,, God forbid, one of us should pass away suddenly, we would want our estate to go
to the one of us who survives.
We’d like other stuff too, like, you know, the same tax breaks as other married couples
and the civil rights you would extend any other committed couple in the free world.
And to be able to be respected and receive the same rights that everyone else has.
But mostly, we just want to grow old together.
We’re really lucky that the country we live in allows for same sex partners to receive
all of these things. But some folks in California recently decided that some Americans
did not deserve this same respect.
So for those people who voted to ‘ban’ gay marriage; to take away a right and permanently
discriminate against a minority group – I wanted to share this picture of Richard and I.
It’s us, tearing down the fabric of good society and the sanctity of marriage in Paris.
Lock up your children!
I have always loved that picture and meant to blog it on my other blog but then the ship sailed and it seemed stupid to do so.
Today, it seems worth repeating.