Friday, November 14, 2008
Tonight my intention was to go to a talk at Penn State by Urvashi Vaid, Author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberationand influential LGBT activist. Unfortunately my car's gas meter read "E" and funds are low so I had to forgo this opportunity
.Just ten days after the disappointment of the prop 8 proposal to ban gay marriages, I hoped to gain from this discourse some direction as to what to do concerning achieving civil rights for all. It is a real shame that the same election that voted in a candidate that supports civil rights would take some away. I understand that "gayness" is an uncomfortable fact of life for many people. The interpretation of religious doctrine can be slanted for or against to suit religious leaders. While I sympathize with those who for "religious reasons" do not approve, what about logic? Logically a collective body of people (the population of the United States) will only be able to focus on a few issues at a time.
With an economic crisis and the unhealthiness of our planet, and our young adults in the military in harm's way, why waste energies keeping civil rights away from anyone. It may not have been the original intention of the United States but as she matures into the most diverse country on our planet can we expect to live any other way? Whether you support the gay lifestyle it is important to always support civil rights.
Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. ~Robert Ingersoll