Tuesday, June 25, 2013

'Supreme Court will decide DOMA, Prop 8 tomorrow' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

Marriage rulings to be released on 'Lawrence v. Texas' anniversary; Ten years to day! - Tomorrow will be the day in which the Supreme Court will hand down decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. A little advice from me whether you want it or not:

If things don't go our way - None of that junk which happened in 2008 when Prop 8 passed. No blaming, no raising hell without any thought of how your anger would be manipulated by the religious right, no circular firing squads. And none of those tired slogans about us being "second-class citizens." If you must mourn, do it quick, fix your face and get ready to fight. Remember that fighting for equality is never supposed to be easy. You give up your fight for your rights after a setback, then maybe you don't deserve them in the first place.

 If things do go our way - Don't think it's over. Remember how we celebrated when the sodomy laws were struck down. While we were doing that, the religious right was preparing the next round of hell, which turned out to be the fight for marriage equality. And they decimated us in the 2004 election because of it. In other words, don't act like the Trojans who, while under the illusion that the Greeks were gone, brought in to their city the fake horse, i.e. the emblem of their destruction. In other words, celebrate quick, but be ready to fight like hell to secure what you have just won. Winning and securing are two different things entirely. But generally speaking, remember that this thing isn't just about YOUR relationship or YOUR potential marriage. It's also about future generations. It's also about our children. We are their pathclearers who will knock away the rocky patches of homophobia and the dark places of hate so they have a soft path to trod on the road to the fulfillment of their potential. Always remember that.

In other news:

 The Military Will Recruit At This Year’s San Francisco Gay Pride Celebration - I am ALL for this! 

 Video: Wayne Besen On MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews - One of my mentors kills it on Hardball.

  Lane Tech Prom King: Lesbian Student Wins Honor At Chicago School - Congratulations to Ola Wolan!

Religious right spokesman - ignore Supreme Court ruling if it doesn't go our way

American Family Association's Gary Glenn recently gave a speech in which he said if the Supreme Court rules against DOMA and Prop 8, the ruling should be ignored. In this speech, he cited Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr:

The grand irony of Glenn's speech? He has in the past advocated for homosexuality to be "criminalized." In fact, three years ago, a post I wrote about his statement led him to engage me in a war of words regarding the so-called dangers of homosexuality.

It wasn't even a battle which I broke a sweat. Check it out.