Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Road To LGBT Equality

Many in the LGBt community may have heard by now that The national Organization for Marriage (NOM) has begun it’s “Summer for Marriage Tour”. It has not been the huge success that NOM’s President, Brian Brown, nor its Chairman, Maggie Gallagher, wish it to be. They are however trying their best to make it seem a huge success. Not only has their support been scarce, with barely 50 participants at their rallies, they have taken to trying to portray the LGBT community as rude, violent and fanatical individuals who are against marriage. While it is true that this is a highly emotional issue for both sides, it has to be noted that the actions of one or two individuals cannot speak for the whole. Nor can NOM speak for marriage on behalf of all Americans. We who are gay and lesbian are being targeted as fanatical and unstable. Here is a video of one of Nom’s tour stops:

Who then, are the ones coming across as fanatical? While I do not ridicule anyone for their religious beliefs (again this too is a constitutional right) there are places for such behavior. Just because many won’t agree with “speaking in tongues” doesn’t mean it isn’t a right. By the same token, my right to be married to the person I love should also be understood, respected and fought for. Fight I will.

In its grasp at straws NOM has succumbed to once again trying to vilify LGBT supporters and using the civil right’s fight of African Americans to obscure the facts. The facts are simple. Marriage equality is something that I as a gay man will continue to fight for. Marriage is a right that I believe every adult couple should have under The Constitution. Apparently , several judges, such as the Hon. Joseph Tauro also agree. Judge Tauro recently ruled doma unconstitutional. In NOM’s attempt to twist the Civil Right’s movement to its advantage, Brian Brown, dared to say:
“What if Martin Luther King Jr. would have listened to those who tried to silence and tell him that his faith has no place in the public square — that he should be silent?, Brown told The Star-Ledger. “You are a part of a new civil rights group — a civil rights group dedicated to protecting the most fundamental and basic institution known to mankind: marriage.”

Yes, Mr,. Brown, we all have a right to “have our say”. We also have a right to the same rights as you and many other heterosexuals. Equal rights are not just for some.

Although it is disheartening,NOM in it’s cry of “save marriage” is warping the true meaning of what marriage is for two committed adults. It is about the constitutional right to make a life with someone you love in a loving ,committed, loving relationship. It is not about taking rights away from others. It is not about harming children. It is not about marrying animals. These are all tactics Nom and other Anti-LGBT/Gay organizations implement daily.

Since NOM’s President saw it fitting to invoke the leader of the Civil Rights Movement our beloved Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to usurp marriage, I will invoke Mrs. Coretta Scott King, who supported the right of marriage for all:
Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union," she said. "A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages

It seems many have forgotten the struggle many Americans, immigrants, Blacks, women and others, have gone through. It may just be that some need to be reminded of why we fight. Equality for all. NOM and its President would be wise to remember that. I’m sure most of us remember.


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