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And by 'the fight' he means his side's decision to punch without being attacked

by Jeremy Hooper

He says:


“The fight over Proposition 8, as far as the ballot initiative, is over. We won”

-The National Organization For Marriage's Brian Brown, speaking to the Washington Blade

We say:

Oh, Brian, Brian, Brian -- so naive. You may have won the Prop 8 vote, in terms of the majority mathematics. But dearest, B. -- Prop 8 is your movement's worst nightmare!

We are now galvanized. We are now watching your side's moves in ways like never before. We are now taking our fight to federal level, building bipartisan support for the thought that Prop 8 violates constitutional protections. There is now marriage equality in several states, including Connecticut, the one that you, Brian, unsuccessfully "defended" for years before going national with your detestation for constitutional equality. And thanks to the continually overplayed and misplayed hands by groups like NOM, people are really starting to understand the discriminatory truth behind the "pro-family" facade.

The Prop 8 was devastating, numbing some our souls on a deeper level than you will ever know. Mazel tov, Brian. That's permanently on your conscience, and you can view it and deal with it however you see fit. But Prop 8 is just the beginning of the end for America's fairness foes. All your side has "won" is a legacy of costing the Golden State $80 million, an unfortunate new reputation for the Mormon church, and an extended conversation on a topic that should've been guided by the legal professionals who are trained to understand such matters in ways that the layman cannot, not faith-based individuals who wish to use their personal beliefs to deny civil equality. With a "wins" like that, who needs losses?

-Good As You's Jeremy Hooper, speaking from his heart rather than from a set of carefully tested talking points

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Thanks Jeremy, that was spot on.

Posted by: Jon | Aug 21, 2009 12:08:39 PM

Part of me wonders if during discussions about gay civil rights (special rights) and marriage equality (attack on the traditional family), a few people on the anti-equality side said, "We were taken by surprise by the coloreds back in the 60s and didn't know what to do. We are not going to let this happen again."

Just a thought.

Posted by: stojef | Aug 21, 2009 1:16:13 PM

Good one, stojef! One could interchange whatever segregationists or anti Semites have done with Jew or black, with gay.

I believe with all of my being that this is a matter of civil rights, and simple fairness. Over the years Jews, gay folks, blacks and women made this country examine it's moral consciousness and pay more than lip service to the creed of this nation.
Just as believers, different believers and non believers live in this country together, gay bi, trans and hetero can as well.

E Pluribus Unum!

I guess the opposition forgets what that means.

Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Aug 21, 2009 7:10:12 PM

You are so correct, here in CA it is still so painful I usually skip posting on CA blogs.

Tonight I will toast JH and Olson and Boies! Here's to EQUAL RIGHTS for ALL.

Posted by: LOrion | Aug 21, 2009 10:48:18 PM

You're so right, and I think we're going to find support from people we might not have expected to automatically support us. My 77-year-old mother, for example, is outraged, at the fight against marriage equality. I'm heterosexual, and my 16-year-old daughter is a lesbian, but my mother was for marriage equality before she found out my daughter came out.

My mother had a little bit of trouble accepting that my daughter really is gay, but I think she finally believes me. I think she was just surprised, and thought my daughter was too young to know for sure (my mother can be really naive about sex and sexuality). But I wouldn't say she was upset at all, just resistant at first.

We live in CT, and I cried when the court ruled in our favor. I walked into an office at work where the office bigot was saying, "I just don't know how I feel about this ruling," as if his opinion about my daughter's equality was relevant. I got so angry I started shaking, and had to take a 30-minute walk to calm down or I might have gotten myself fired.

Posted by: Katie | Aug 22, 2009 9:19:35 AM

Thank you, Jeremy!

Posted by: Chara | Aug 23, 2009 11:23:50 AM

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