Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Prop 8, an Actual Victory for Gay Rights

Finally, after so much time there is actually a chance for the gay rights movement to succeed. The federal judges overruling of California's Prop 8 represents an actual victory for gay rights: something with tangible benefits. Hopefully other states will follow suit now that the precedent has been set, and maybe soon gays will be granted civil liberties like the rest of us. The next step after that is to get the government out of the marriage business entirely, but that's for another time.

Like I said, this ruling represents and actual victory for the movement. None of that "Oh, Obama said that he would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, therefore I think he is a good president and we have won our rights". Bullshit. This is the only real chance at justice gays have had in a while, and for once it is not included in the speech of a person who is desperately trying to hold on to the gay vote.

This is a step forward, but there is still work that needs to be done. First off, you have to end the gay pride movement. No one cares that you're proud of your gayness - you need to be able to prove them wrong and show that you can be valuable, productive, and caring parents and members of society. You've won one battle, but the war has just begun.

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