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There’s No Repealing Prop 8 Until Gays Repeal Our Own Self-Importance

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Make no mistake folks; the task before us is nothing less than to demythologize the institutional lies surrounding marriage. What we’re looking to do is flip the foundations of society on its head. That’s what our jobs will be in ‘changing people’s hearts and minds.’ Religious bigotry is much different than racial discrimination. At its heart, a religious conviction is what gives people a compass to guide them on how to live their lives. That we think we can just show up at people’s doors and demand they let us yank the rug from underneath them because we are morally superior is a pipe dream.

The Pro-2010 contingents are afraid that if we go in 2012, due to several developments on the national front, that California will be one of the last states to legalize gay marriage. This, they think, will make California lose its progressive status. And so it is revealed that it’s hurt pride. On that front, I get it. The POCs feels they are being slighted (again) by gay white men. They’re losing face! They too, myself included, will have to get over their pride.

Wake up people, California is a state of haters. The stain that has been left on our Constitution will be forever etched in the pages of history. It hurts yes. But, it’s not what happens to us that matters, but how we choose to respond. Rushing blindly into battle without a roadmap for success is a mistake that we cannot afford.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give the Pro-2010ers credit for being up on their history lessons. Yes, the mobilizations of the civil rights movement have given many gains before the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964. However, we can’t ignore the four guiding principles that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. laid out before us, “In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: collection of the facts to determine whether injustices exist; negotiation; self purification; and direct action. We have gone through all these steps in Birmingham.” The LGBT movement is still in the midst of the negotiation phase. In other words, our movement is not ripe for direct action until we’ve purified ourselves and become an altruistic movement, get off your asses and out of West Hollywood and help other people with their causes. We would do well to remember MILK’s dog poop story.

The logic that right now marriage equality is the driving force behind the LGBT movement is an excuse.

Until both the Pro-2010ers and the Pro-2012ers can learn to compromise we won’t be seeing blue birds somewhere over the rainbow. The perfect storm that our community is going through will have been for not.