So That Just Happened...
This week has been a real roller coaster for our community. First the Vice President comes out in support for gay marriage. YAY! Then a motivated and hateful group of voters passed Amendment 1, banning gay marriage in North Carolina. BOOOOO! And shortly after, we get word that the Colorado GOP killed the civil unions bill that seemed like it was on it's way to passing. HISS! But then something surprising happened. We gays were rightfully outraged and vocal, but there was an outpouring of straight supporters who were equally enraged by North Carolina and Colorado's actions. And then, everything changed. The President of the United States of America, the one who's views on gay marriage were said to be "evolving," did the right thing. He came out in support of gay marriage. BOOM.
Cynics will say that it's a political calculation. That we shouldn't be pawns in a political game. That words are great but actions are better. And while that's true, can we take a minute to just revel in the fact that the highest ranking political figure in this country, the first ever, just gave us his full support? It's so easy to take a trip to Bitterville when we're not quite there yet, but this is progress people. HUGE progress in a long long journey of equal rights. Some will say, it's not fast enough, but I will say, it's mother fucking happening! We've got more work to do around the world, but we're on our way and someday soon this will all be a dark distant memory in our hard fought history. I for one, just want to get him reelected so we can lock this down and get 'er done.
Everyday I read something about how much we're hated. Whether it's denying us rights, murdering our brethren, or a child disowned by their family. Every day I read this. And here I sit an out and proud gay man, someone who is able to see these words, these actions, as ignorance, and I am still affected by it. Whether you register it or not, these kinds of messages, that we're less than, that we're not right, seep in. And when I think about the young people who may not be as fully formed as us adults, I worry about what this does to them. So whether you question his motives or his actual plan, you can't argue that hearing the leader of a nation say that he supports you, and all that you are, is one incredible message to send out to the world. However delayed it was, it's out there now and there's no going back.
I am proud to be a gay American today.
But now onto the real work, as both bases are going to be fired up. Let's get him back in office so he can complete this longstanding mission.
Oh, and while we're at it, let's move the DNC Convention out of North Carolina.