Image via WikipediaIn the wake of the historic ruling in California overturning Prop 8, there has been much discussion about how this will all play out in the coming years, as the case makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Surprisingly, some of the most rational analysis and discussion has come from the normally homophobic, right-wing, nut-jobs at Fox "News".
Surprisingly, with the exception of Sarah "Half-Term" Palin and Newt "The Serial Monogamist" Gingrich, instead of attacking Judge Vaughn Walker and his ruling in their usual chum-in-the-water-feeding-frenzy style, most of the Republican Party and their mouthpieces at Fox, seem to have moved on from hating on the gays this election season. What this illustrates for me is the acceptance by conservatives of the idea that marriage equality and equality in all areas of society, for LGBT Americans is inevitable.
75% of Americans favor ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As of last week only 10% of military personnel who were sent the despicable DADT Survey even bothered to answer it. (The deadline for responding is August 15th.)
Same-sex marriage is now legal in five states and DC and there has been no rain of hellfire and brimstone.
Every American man, woman and child can now say that they know someone who is gay or lesbian. When bigots spew their venom now, instead of agreeing with the lies, most Americans are saying, "Hey, that's my brother, sister, aunt, uncle, mother, father, son, daughter, neighbor, friend or coworker you're talking about!" Using homophobia for political gain just doesn't pay off like it it used to just a few years ago.
Now is not the time for us to rest on our laurels. We aren't there yet and it's going to take more work than ever before to keep the momentum going. As an LGBT American or straight ally, you have a responsibility. You must register to vote, if you haven't already. You must vote this year and every year that elections are held in your state. You must find out where your candidates stand on LGBT rights. You must not financially support or vote for candidates who do not support full LGBT equality.
It ain't over 'til it's over and the fat lady ain't even warming up yet. Until then, watch this clip from Fox "News" about the Prop 8 decision. Note the lack of anti-gay rhetoric and the civility with which the discussion takes place and envision a day when conversations like this will be unnecessary.
This clip must be making Maggie Gallagher's head explode (I wish!):