Some of our viewers have expressed indignation at the comparisons drawn between the huge loss of life on September 11th and the denial of civil rights enacted by the states of California and Maine. So let me be clear why Sean Chapin made this video and why we support it. First, it was never meant to say that these events are the same. What happened on September 11th was horrific beyond my ability to describe. I bawling my eyes out while watching human beings jump to their deaths rather than die within a burning building and hearing the final goodbyes delivered by cellphone messages to families who would never see their loved ones again. Nothing can approach that day, In my mind.
What this video is pointing out is that the nation sat up and took notice. They did not just move on with life as normal because something was clearly wrong. But yet today, no one seems to have that sense of urgency when a whole class of people have their rights stripped from them. Believe me...we have gotten a mountain of emails from gay people attempting to shame US becuase marriage is "not a priority" for them. We have also been accused a kind of selfishness for asking the community to stand up and support each other. We have been called "privleged white gays" and "mainstreamers". We get comments from gays that are just as vitriolic as anything a conservative could think up. It has been shocking just how much division there is within a community that NEEDS to stand together just to survive...
So this video makes the assertion that the second time is scarier because it points to a trend. To prove the point this video makes, are a spate of articles outlining the outlook, agenda, and current moves of the opposition to gay rights. I say "rights" here because marriage is a subset of that larger movements and we are being attacked not just about marriage but because of all that we are. This is why the whole community should sit up and take notice. Because this isn't just about marriage, its about equal treatment as gay people at the least...the right to even BE gay at the worst. As this recent quote from Mike Heath of the Christian Civic League of Maine points out:
In the interest of protecting and affirming all of Maine's people, especially our children and grandchildren, we must repeal domestic partnership laws that provide benefits on the basis of homosexuality, we must defund the so-called "civil rights teams" and remove "sexual orientation and gender identity" from the Maine Human Rights Act and the Maine Civil Rights Act. IT WOULD ALSO BE PRUDENT TO REINSTATE MAINE'S ANTI-SODOMY LAW that was quietly removed from our criminal code in the late 1970s.
This from a member of the "live and let live" state. These words may well be the sentiment of a single individual but don't bet on it. In my opinion this is the end game goal of NOM and their ilk. NO MORE GAY SEX=NO MORE GAYS. at least thats the rational. We all know where that ends up.
So Whats the National Organization For Marriages Next moves? Well, they have alot on their plate. First, according to an article posted on Queerty NOM and Focus On The Family are headed to New Jersey.
With same-sex marriage suddenly a top priority in Jersey — with supporter Gov. Jon Corzine, seen here signing the civil unions law in 2006, leaving office in January to make room for bigot Chris Christie — NOM indicates it's going to put the state next on its hit list.
NOM president Maggie Gallagher, most recently seen sympathizing with Maine's gays, says: "New Jersey is at the very top of our list, and it's going to happen in the next few weeks if it happens at all. They're doing it in a lame duck, because it's as far away from an election as possible."
NOM is also hard at work in New York doing everything they can to threaten and strongarm New Yorks Legislators by amassing a fund to personally work against anyone who votes for New Yorks gay rights bill. Also posted on Queerty this morning, is NOMs statement of intent:
It just announced it's building a half million dollar "war chest" to mount a primary challenge for any GOP senator who votes for gay marriage, whether or not the vote wins or loses this week. That means, as Thomas Duane & Co. rally to lock in as many of the 32 Democratic votes as they can, the fight to secure Republican votes is that much harder.
All of these activities are taking place not more than a week after murdering of rights for the GLBTQ community in Maine. Really, the bodies not even cold yet.
So they move...we counter move...NOM seems to be quite adept at getting the gay community to dance to its tune. There must be a better way to address this fight then letting them have their way by fighting on their terms. They want to keep us caught up in ballot initiatives, thats their strength. Submitting this to a vote is wrong and unconstitutional...why is this not addressed?
So this is my case for why we as a gay community should care whats going on. Soon, it wont just be "over there", it will be knocking at your door and asking for YOUR rights. Not just your ability to marry or not marry, but also your ability to be fundamentally gay, however you live.
To our readers in other countries...by now you know that I write from an American political perspective. Thats my myopic view. However, I believe that the struggle is a human one...not just an American one. I am somewhat biased by the news I recieve. If anyone out there has a story about gay rights they thinks requires attention, let me know and I will research it.
And to everyone out there who said "shame on you depfox" for calling out YouTubers for not using their voices and those who attempted to shame us by calling us "mainstreaming republo-christian tools" and "diaper sniffers", we have done our best to point out what the real "coming storm" is. As we are fighting for the right to marry, so are we fighting for your right NOT to.