Friday, May 16, 2008

June Wedding, anyone?

I'm still pinching myself, but we won. Strict scrutiny, marriage equality. From an elderly, Republican, cautious California Supreme Court.


dr. dave said...

I know this is insanely cynical, and it pains me to think it b/c it's an issue I support so strongly, but part of me wishes this had happened AFTER the election. I don't look forward to the Right making this an issue again for November.

The AstroDyke said...

Dr. Dave, my sibling said the same thing. It hurts, but I see where you're coming from.

I have three answers:

1. Every month that Mass. (& now CA) has gay marriage is a month that the sky didn't fall. It becomes less and less of a crisis in the minds of the movable middle.

2. If the Right tries to bash queers, that's an excellent opportunity for the Dems. Here's the script: "See how the Republicans are busybodying themselves with what gay folks do in private at home? Meanwhile, we're busy trying to figure out a way to bring the troops home from Iraq, to develop energy independence, to solve the mortgage disaster that's sinking our economy. Which is more important?"

3. I believe that Dr. King had some wisdom on the subject of waiting for the appropriate time for equality:

"My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

"We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct action campaign that was 'well timed' in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word 'Wait!' It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This 'Wait' has almost always meant 'Never.' We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that 'justice too long delayed is justice denied.'"

dr. dave said...

I agree with everything you said. But it's not the middle I'm worried about. It's the fact that the Right has gotten SO GOOD at using social "wedge" issues to energize their base. It worries me.

Anyway, it's probably not appropriate of me to use your comment thread to rain on your parade. So, let's hope you're right and I'm wrong! -Dave

Matt said...

Wow - so are you setting a date then?