Friday, May 16, 2008

a standing ovation to california

"Social change takes time, but it does not mean we have to wait for hearts and minds to change. Given the naked racism we've seen this election cycle, you best believe that anti-miscegenation laws would still be on the books in some states if we were going to wait until everyone was on board with interracial marriage. And that will be the case for same-sex marriage.

We have to lead, not follow; we have to educate allies -- and push the civil rights envelope through legal channels. Both are necessary. It's why it's important to parse the statements of the presidential candidates in reaction to yesterday's ruling -- will they lead, or follow?"

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1 comment:

shawn (aka blogstud) said...

thanks for finding the video, b. I am so excited, but also worried. I just have a sinking feeling that a slim majority of Californians will push through an amendment.

Ellen needs to be the poster child for this, and she needs to get some people on board like Oprah and Tom Hanks who support the cause. Ellen has already changed some minds in California, but those two can reach the undecideds in the middle.

How wonderful would it be if we beat the conservatives at their own game? If their hateful amendment failed. I think it would be the beginning of the end for them. If the biggest state says no to their hate, then it is just a matter of time before more states follow.

Thanks for the great post and for your support.