Chris Geidner

‘It is not, however, the opportunity to bash the court or otherwise misplace our anger’

SOUNDBITES — “Momentum is on our side, and today’s decision could provide us with a great opportunity. It is not, however, the opportunity to bash the court or otherwise misplace our anger about the slowness of our path to equality. The opportunity will be to organize, to educate and continue to expand equality across the country. We likely will feel injured, once again, today if the court upholds Proposition 8. But, rather than some inchoate anger at the court, I actually believe the injury we will be feeling is the renewed focus on the hurtful vote of last November. A ruling upholding Proposition 8, far from a cause for protest, therefore, will instead be a call for us — to borrow a phrase — to be the change we’ve been waiting for. Rather than spouting anger at these rallies, organizers and speakers should be spouting information about legislative battles going on in their states and counties. The California rallies should be an opportunity to sign up marriage equality precinct captains all across the state, people who will be the local voices changing minds across that state. Anger is inevitable — and understandable — if a group of people is told, once again, that full equality is not yet theirs. Real leaders, however, would show us ways to turn that anger into positive actions that will lead to real, lasting change.” —Law Dork blogger Chris Geidner, in a post written before today’s decision was announced [Lawdork]