It is not the words of your enemies that you will remember, but the silence of your friends.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I have stopped being silent because I love my friends.
“Look at the evidence,” the man on the radio said, “In every state where gay marriage has been put to a vote, it has been defeated and traditional marriage upheld. Why can’t people accept that this is the will of the people.”
I do accept that this is currently the will of the people, but I do not accept that it automatically makes it right, or kind, or fair, or loving. For crying out loud, if we accepted that, we would still have government sanctioned, legal slavery, women couldn’t vote, non landowners couldn’t vote, and other ridiculous, evil things. How about the witch trials or Nazi Germany, how about the Crusades or the inquisition? Maybe we should reinstitute the House Committee on Un American Activities or the Jim Crow Laws. Insane you say? But why? It was at one time “the will of the people.”
Last week on Modern Family they opened the show with Jay and Gloria having this conversation:
“Jay: This weekend we’re going up to Pebble Beach. I’m gonna meet a bunch of guys I played high school football with. Man, those were the good old days.
Gloria: Yeah, unless you were a woman, black, Hispanic, or gay.
Jay: But if you were a straight white football player you couldn’t have a bad day.”
I for one am going to, like Justin Lee said today on his blog, continue working to (as we have in the past) educate in order to change the hearts and minds of the people and thereby change the will of the people.