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  •  Right on! (11+ / 0-)

    Marriage equality and gay rights supporters are easily the most effective social/political movement of our time, and it's a good thing: civil rights should never be put on hold.

    I wish we could learn how to be that effective on climate change, and several others issues, but either way I'm glad we're working as a movement instead of inwardly-focused interest groups.

    This bodes well...

    "Nach dem Spiel ist vor dem Spiel." -Sepp Herberger

    by surfbird007 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:46:46 PM PST

    •  Yes, civil rights should never be put on hold. (8+ / 0-)

      Last weekend I was shocked to hear a very dear and Democratic couple friend of ours tell us that they hoped the newly minted Democratic congress in Minnesota didn't move "too fast" on gay marriage rights. Their reason was some kind of hazy, fear based thing I couldn't get my hands around.

      The thing is, I KNOW these people absolutely support gay rights, including marriage. But when they figure it into a complicated political landscape, they fear a "one issue" coalition.

      And boy, did I speak up. I asked them if they would feel the same if the issue at hand was the right for blacks or hispanics to marry.  That stunned them into silence.  Thankfully, they are GREAT people, and willing to examine their own beliefs, and not angry with me for making mine clear.

      When a football team is on the 10 yard line with a first down, do they get conservative with their hopes?  Nope.  That's exactly where I think we are---on the 10 yard line with a first down.

      We need to drive it over the end zone, and imo, it won't hurt Democrats a bit to do so.

      "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

      by StellaRay on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:08:13 PM PST

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    •  It's based on a couple linked factors (1+ / 0-)
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      First, and most important: The courage of all the LGBT people who have come out in the last two decades.  That's a pretty impressive and incredible thing.

      Because folks had the courage to come out, all of us straight folks now know that we have friends or relatives or coworkers who are LGBT and who we love.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:01:08 PM PST

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