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Make it stop. Please, someone, make these mean people stop.

by Jeremy Hooper
FACT: Nobody knows who sent anonymous letters containing white powder to Los Angeles and Salt Lake City Mormon temples. Not the FBI, and certainly not the professional "pro-family" advocates. For all anyone knows, it could have been the "protect marriage" crowd trying to garner sympathy.

FACT: Reasoned outrage over intolerance is not, itself, intolerant.

FACT: The "yes on 8" crowd's "blacklisted, harassed and intimidated" idea might go a little further if the anti-gay side hadn't themselves sent an OFFICIAL memo intimidating and extorting pro-gay companies.

FACT: As we head into tomorrow's national day of protest, there have already been hundreds of thousands and people who have taken to the streets to protest Prop 8. Despite these huge numbers, reported incidents of actual, verifiable violence have been few and far between.

FACT: The "protect marriage" side was and is inherently disrespectful to the gay community, as their very campaign is deeply offensive to our lives and loves. And not just us, but the idea of majority tyranny rolling back a minority's right is exhaustingly shortsighted to anyone who understands civil rights history.

FACT: Whatever the "yes on 8" side may have to say now is not really a response, for we are the ones who are responding to the unnecessary war that they declared against our families. They can react to our principled response however they want. However, they are the ones who forced this conversation upon us all.

Now you may go and read some nasty words from Ron Prentice and his "yes on 8" pals, as printed by Focus on the Family's CitizenLink:

Ten days after a majority of California voters approved a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, the "tolerance" is out in full force.

Those who supported Proposition 8 have been blacklisted, harassed and intimidated. Churches have been defaced. Donors and volunteers for the Yes on 8 campaign have been fired or forced to resign — just because they exercised their constitutional right to participate in the political process. And African-Americans have been accused of abandoning civil rights.

"This is the kind of thing we need to bring to the attention of the general population because by no means is the mantra of the gay agenda tolerance; by every definition (it's) intolerance and hate-filled bigotry," said Ron Prentice, chairman of Yes on 8 and executive director of the California Family Council.

"We were attempting to be respectful, but the opposition is actually increasing their rallies, their marches, their vandalism — to the point of sending envelopes with white powder to the Mormon Temple and to other major religious headquarters," he told Family News in Focus before a Yes on 8 news conference. "So we’ve decided we need to come out assertively against all of this activity and respond."

Marriage Advocates Respond to Harassment, Intimidation [CitizenLink]

This writer replies to Mr. Prentice and anyone else who wants to wash their hands of their California-based bigotry:

Baby, I love you with all of my heart.

Baby, I want to civilly marry you with every fiber in my being.

Baby, we
had booked our California wedding for April 25 of 2009.

Baby, our vendors had to put special Prop 8 stipulations in our contracts, just in case.

Baby, because of certain folks (mostly religious) beliefs, we might have to utilize those stipulations. We can still hold our ceremony in California if we want, but we're going to have to do the official part in CT or MA. Regardless of what we decide, we are now being forced to alter our life plan, largely because of religion.

Baby, we will not be deterred. We will be legally married in the next year, no matter what.

Baby, our love and our willingness to fight to protect not only ourselves, but also our future child(ren), apparently makes us filled with "intolerance and hate-filled bigotry."

But don't be mad, baby -- those who thrown us in this quagmire and have written us off as intolerant and hate-filled intended to be "respectful."

Baby, I am f***ing sick of this.

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Now they want to be respectful?! They certainly weren't respectful when they declared all out war on us and broke at least one of the ten commandments in an attempt to steal our rights.
You're on my list of graves to dance on Ron Prentice.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Nov 14, 2008 6:08:14 PM

Man, I'm so over the whole "they claim to want tolerance and yet they're the intolerant ones" line. I never promised to be tolerant of idiotic bigots, and I sure ain't asking to be tolerated by them. I'm just asking to be treated equally under the law. That's totally different.

Posted by: cymatic | Nov 14, 2008 7:31:08 PM

I understand your anger and frustration, and it makes me sad that you are sick and tired of the abuse.

We all need to internalize within every fiber of our being that this is, unfortunately, war.
The other side is not going to play nice.
We cannot expect them to be fair.
We cannot expect them to be respectful.
We cannot even expect them to be honest.
All we can expect from them is the bias, the defamation and the outright lies.

We will NEVER EVER get a good word from them. They will NEVER EVER stop their relentless attack on us until we are back in the closet. They do not care about "marriage" or "the children" or "the family" or "the readiness of the military" or anything else. It is purely personal and anti-gay, and all the rest is p.r. smokescreens.


As they say, REMEMBER your audience. Our audience is the majority of fair-minded Americans who are open to hearing from us. They are out there, and they are ready for our message, and they will support us in full equality.

The rest of them are flies buzzing around your head.

Be happy and get married.

Posted by: Walt | Nov 14, 2008 8:51:15 PM

Don't worry, Walt. Nobody's stopping either my wedding or my fighting spiriting.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Nov 14, 2008 9:13:08 PM

I too think they sent themselves the white powder to garner sympathy.

Posted by: John Ozed | Nov 14, 2008 9:52:28 PM

It really amazes me that those bigots are so good at playing the victim. How can we be intolerant when all we're doing is standing up for our rights? They're not seeing boycotts. What they're seeing is people deciding to have nothing to do with people that hate them.

John, that's the first thing I thought when I heard about the white powder. The woman who carved a backwards B on her face is still fresh in my memory.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Nov 14, 2008 10:49:19 PM

"Attempting to be respectful."

Two words:


Posted by: Willie Hewes | Nov 15, 2008 4:43:07 AM

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