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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Winning Hearts and Minds

How far we have come in half a century: 
 a small group of neatly dressed, very brave homosexuals -
in an era when homosex could get you not only fired, but also jailed
and even lobotomized - picket the White House in the first
gay-rights demonstration, April 17, 1965.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the constitutionality of DOMA and Prop 8 on March 26, the tide of public opinion is rapidly turning more and more in favor of same-sex marriage.  To take but one example, 75 nationally prominent Republican politicians (including Clint Eastwood, former mayor of Carmel, California) have filed an amicus brief with the Court, supporting marriage equality. Yeah, that's right - supporting marriage equality.  Wow.  Here are some other voices you should hear:

1.  David Blankenhorn, one of two expert witnesses the Prop 8 proponents produced at trial to back up their claims, who gave only a half-hearted testimony then, and in the summer of 2012 publicly recanted his antigay views.  Now he speaks about the spiritual burden that has been lifted from him:



2. Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, on "Porno Pete" LaBarbera's latest antigay rant:
It appears that even this stalwart homo-hater, who slithers around gay porn palaces and scurries about licentious leather bars looking for smut to post on his prurient website, knows the end is near. It is clear that there is a shrinking market for professional gay bashers and one can only hope he polishes off his cracker-thin resume and finds a new gig before it is too late. Since he has so much experience visiting the tubs in Chicago, and is likely a familiar face, maybe they will be kind and offer him an exciting, new opportunity cleaning the cubicles.
Read the rest of the article in which Besen demolishes LaBarbera's twisted claims here.

3. Another article by Besen, also well worth reading:

"Gay Marriage Might Cause the GOP To Divorce the Religious Right"

4. And finally, go read the personal stories recounted in PFLAG's amicus brief, filed this week with the Supreme Court - stories familiar to us all, but you will be moved.


2 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Within the last few years the progression to equality has seemed amazingly swift, though before then, it appeared as if nothing much was happening for quite a while. I guess seeds were planted and though the growth was slow, the trees rather suddenly burst into bloom and bore fruit.

Russ Manley said...

Quite so - perhaps future historians will call it the Gay Spring. It's all happened breathtakingly quick from my perspective - more than 40 years since I realized I was gay, and more than 30 since I came out. That was a long time to wait.

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