I really didn’t want to have to write this article. It sucked enough when Propostion 8 was actually passed, but it sucks just as much to hear the California Supreme Court rule to uphold the measure this time around. Thankfully, there is a silver lining in that they have also ruled to validate the 18,000 marriages that took place between June & November in California- so it’s not all bad.
But, as easy as it would be for me to be all doom & gloom with this issue- I refuse to let this get me down. Yes, it’s a setback. Yes, it sucks goat ass and is a disappointment… but there is still hope!
The United States has seen tremendous growth in the last number of months with state after state announcing gay-marriage legislation, civil union & domestic partnership enhancements… and the momentum will just continue to build.
Specifically in California, supporters of marriage equality have already begun to mobilize. Courage Campaign has announced it’s support to get the issue back on the ballot for 2010 and is continuing their strategy of grass-roots education and awareness. They released “Fidelity” as a TV spot a few months ago and have revamped it to address the new Proposition 8 decision, and you can view it below:
They are using the tagline “Be Fearless In Response”- and I love it.
I refuse to let this get me down, refuse to feel defeat and refuse to allow our opponents to think this changes anything. The gay rights movement is here, and we won’t stop until equality is ours. It is an exciting time to be part of the gay community and an exciting and important period of history. It’s not going to be easy… but when it’s all said and done- what part will you have played?
Don’t let history happen around you- let it happen because of you. Get involved- in any way you can! It doesn’t matter if it’s talking to your friends & family about the issue, donating your time & money or passing out fliers- every little bit helps and gets us one step closer!
So… today we suffered a minor setback in the court decision to uphold Proposition 8- but a change will come if we fight the fight!! Last but definitely not least, congratulations to the 18,000 couples who were married and whose marriages remain valid!