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Deceit? That's a tool we do not need!

by Jeremy Hooper
Our goal: To achieve full equality in every sense of the word. To shore up protections for problems that have plagued our community. To combat every attempt to rollback our progress, be it through nasty misrepresentations of our lives and loves, or cruel amendments that discriminate against the same.

We want to see an America where every citizen is respected for who they are, and we want attempts to foist personal, typically faith-based LGBT bias onto the public to be tossed into the dustbin of history.

We say this because we just read the following comments, in which we in the gay community are made to sound as if we are somehow being coy about our goals. Of the push to inscribe a marriage ban into the the Golden State, Ron Prentice of the California Family Council says the following:

"This will be a hard-fought campaign, and there will be a lot of deceit that comes from the opposition," he said. "It will take the united efforts of pastors and churches around this state to inform their people about the purpose of marriage and the intent of this amendment in order to bring them to vote. We'll need every vote we can find."

But ya see, what these folks don't understand or at least won't admit is that there is no way we can run a deceitful campaign on matters like marriage bans because all of our cards are on the table! Sure it would be possible for a gay activist to lie about an individual situation, certain piece of legislation, etc. Anyone is capable of that. However, our organized effort to combat these anti-gay amendments has no need to base itself in deception, because our raw, heartfelt emotion genuinely guides our actions! We don't have to stop and strategize or convince the whole of our movement to operate with a dictionary of decided-upon code words. And we don't have to define the "purpose of marriage" for our side, as we think any of them over the age of eight (or even before) is fully able to understand the concepts for which we are fighting!

The other side is cognizant and even defensive about duplicity because their every maneuver is steeped in witness-leading strategy. Whereas we innately have heart in our pleas for fairness, they have to cleverly mold and shape their biased efforts in a way that puts a mask over the discrimination that it truly on their movement's face. If not for their tireless, well-financed, church-networked work in reframing this national conversation, the story of the gay community's journey to the honeymoon would have a vastly different narrative. But regardless of whether our side spends ten billion dollars or completely stops our fight, the truth of our message will be the same as it was on the very first day that marriage equality scratched the first gay activist's brain!

We've only had to keep pushing forward and keep connecting the dots. The truth -- OUR truth -- was ALWAYS in place!

California Marriage Amendment Headed to Ballot [CitizenLink]

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Your thoughts

It's too bad that you can't be honest about putting your dicks in another guy's sphincter.

Hey, what happened to that gerbil fetish that gay people used to have? You know - the one where they shoved a live gerbil up another guy's ass?

Now THAT was disgusting.

Posted by: Koi Fearbreaker | Apr 22, 2008 10:34:39 PM

...and I can't wait to come to the weddings!! Won't sing, I promise but am a good photographer!

Posted by: LOrion | Apr 22, 2008 10:59:42 PM

else the dead with whatever reminded even berries.

Posted by: daylandengli | Apr 23, 2008 5:15:53 AM

I think what bothers me the most is that in the past, all of the fundies screamed and howled that that legislatures, not the courts, should decide the marriage laws. Well, now we've got legislatures all over the country allowing marriage and civil unions and now its "Rogue legislatures shouldn't be allowed to do this. The people should be given the right to vote." Hey, the people HAVE voted. They have voted to re-elect the people that have passed these laws. I know everyone says it won't happen in California - that the amendment will fail, but I just don't know. I got a bad feeling.

Can someone please tell me why it is okay to vote on the rights of gay people, but not on the rights of anyone else? Is it because we have not federal laws protecting us?

Do our brothers and sisters on the West Coast have any legal recourse? If the Supreme Court allows them to marry immediately, and they do, can they sue to stop the ballot measure because it would invalidate legal marriages? If it has to go to the ballot and it passes, can a judge throw it out afterwards because of the effect it would have on people's lives? Does anyone know if this is the amendment that would not only ban marriage, but undo all the DP rights people already have. Part of me hope it is, because it would have a greater chance of failing.

God, I hope somebody can do something because a victory for the fundies to California really would be a disaster for our movement around the country.

I'm glad I live in NY. The people can't change the constitution through a ballot drive. It has to be changed by the senate and the assembly.

Posted by: stojef | Apr 23, 2008 7:19:44 PM

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