The day after the election, I expressed my hope that Obama in the White House could be a good sign for gay marriage, and two friends reacted:
"He's not going to advocate for gay marriage. He's just not going to get in the way of it. I doubt it'll be on the Dem Congress' plate either. No one is gonna want to touch it."
"Yeah, everyone's going to want to avoid 2010 being another mandate-squandering 1994. We're years from further meaningful gay rights legislation at a national level."
Even though I don't necessarily disagree with those conclusions, it dawned on me yesterday that if we ever want to see some progress with gay rights, we have to stop giving up so easily before even fighting for them. It's really a horrible vicious circle. Surrender feeds inaction, inaction feeds stagnancy, stagnancy feeds surrender. In reality, no progress can be done without reaching for things that are seemingly unreachable. The vicious circle needs to be broken.
With that in mind, I am planning to attend the protest at the Mormon church on Wednesday and the City Hall protests on Saturday and I am encouraging everyone to do so. We are not going to overturn Prop 8, but it is about time we took a stand.
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