Saturday, November 10, 2012
Gay People and their Straight Friends
I've been so busy celebrating Obama's big victory, that I haven't been able to do this story justice.
For it too was an amazing victory, and a tribute to all those gay Americans who never gave up the struggle despite one bitter defeat after the other.
Never gave up spreading the word that marriage equality is a human right.
And love is love...
But as Dan Savage points out, they never could have done it without the help of their straight friends.
Now here's what I want to say: I know so many straight people in Seattle who worked unbelievably hard to approve R-74. They gave money, they volunteered their time, they reached out to friends and relatives and coworkers, all in an effort to make it possible for same-sex couples to marry. Gays and lesbians are a tiny percentage of the population. We couldn't do this on our own.
A majority of the legislators who voted for same-sex marriage? Straight. The governor who signed the law making same-sex marriage legal in Washington state? Straight. The majority of the folks manning the phone banks for R-74? Straight. The overwhelming majority of people who voted to approve R-74? Straight. The president who took a huge political risk and came out for marriage equality before his reelection campaign? Straight. It has gotten better for us—better, not perfect—but it hasn't gotten better for us in a vacuum. It's gotten better for us because straight people have gotten better about us.
For who could ever thank them enough for such a magic night?
Or this scene at Marriage Equality headquarters in Maine, when the word finally came...
Oh boy. As LGBT people know so well, the harder the struggle, the sweeter the victory.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Long live the Gay-Straight Alliance.
Hooray for the power of LOVE...
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