A Historic Day for Equal Rights

I don’t generally get political on this blog. But yesterday was too big a day, and too important to too many people, myself included, to not write about it, especially as we are in the middle of wedding week on Leave Me to My Projects.

So here is my heart.

Obama Rainbow Unicorn

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Dear friends,

Yesterday morning the internet was filled with anger and despair. North Carolina added a constitutional marriage amendment to the state constitution.

By the afternoon, the internet had been set ablaze in hope and optimism again.

A sitting President had come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

Once the dust settles, no one is going to be happy. And in my book, that’s not a bad thing.

The President did not come down hard on the side of marriage equality, but he’s there, and in this political climate, that is enough for me – for the moment.

President Obama did say that he believed that it was up to the states to decide these matters for themselves. Many are calling bullshit on this, especially in light of what happened that very day in North Carolina.

I understand the anger, I really do. I am a queer woman. I know, because I feel it to, that the LGBT community feels that we have taken what we can get for too long, and we are ready to fight for our rights.

And we will. We are. But to borrow a phrase that has been tossed around a lot recently, let’s not throw out the good in search of the perfect.

This President (who is both African-American and Christian – neither group has ever been known to be particularly gay-friendly), even before officially coming out in favor of same-sex marriage, managed to get rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and instructed the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA in court.

This queer former soldier thanks him for that. I thank him while also recognizing that had he come down hard on the side of same-sex marriage, these injustices might still be happening.

I have believed for some time that the President has been careful and thoughtful in his policies, even while facing opposition that has admitted publicly that their number 1 goal is preventing a second term.

Not improving the economy. Not reducing unemployment. Not even social issues. Preventing a second term.

So today I would like to thank the President, and throw out a challenge.

If you are LGBT or believe that all Americans deserve EQUAL rights and you are eligible to vote in November, do it. If you don’t, your rainbow flag gets taken away forever.

This President took a stand and a leap of faith. Now it’s our turn to do the same.

Let’s support those who do us good instead of attacking those who do us harm. Love is going to win, but only if we make it our biggest and brightest focus.

But feel free to keep up the glitterbombing. Glitter makes everything brighter.

 

Big gay kisses,

Natalie

 

Comments

  1. Andrea says:

    I love you! xoxo