Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Moving The LGBT Community for Change


The change in the LGBT community since the midterm elections has begun. We must however, ride the wave to equality. Although most lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender individuals are concerned regarding what’s to come, there is still hope. Many new pro LGBT happenings are just surfacing. Yes, the Democratic party losing control of the House is a setback, but they are still lin control of the Senate. Yes, Nancy Pelosi is no longer House Speaker, but she has decided to not retire. Yes, the three Iowa judges who voted to implement same sex marriage lost reelection, but Democratic Senator Mike Gronstal has vowed that he will not put Iowa’s same sex marriage (often referred as gay marriage) to a vote. Senator Gronstal added:


The easy political thing for me to do years ago would have been to say, ‘Oh, let’s let this thing go. It’s just too political and too messy,’” Gronstal said, “What’s ugly is giving up what you believe in, that everybody has the same rights. Giving up on that? That’s ugly
Although organizations such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has spearheaded much of the anti gay animus (even being the progenitors on California’s Prop 8) all is not lost. There are other avenues that the LGBT have as a recourse. There are other plans in the works to move civil rights along for gays and lesbians. Among those were Democrats being retained as the majority in Hawaii’s House and Senate, as well as the election of pro-gay governor Neil Abercrombie. Governor elect Abercrombie has also vowed to sign Hawaii’s HB444 Civil Unions bill, which was vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle earlier this year.. Hawaiian Senator Blake Oshiro, who is gay, stated:
I'm hopeful, but I would never want to call any shots until the final vote is taken

While it will no doubt, sometimes be an uphill battle, it is still one that can be salvaged and won. We must not get bogged down and throw our arms up in defeat. To do such a thing would be to give up on all that we have accomplished.

Along, with those recent occurrences, there is also hope on the litigation front. There are two cases which were filed today by the  Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in an attempt to do away with the Law known as The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) instituted in 1996. Doma was recently deemed unconstitutional by District judge Joseph Tauro in June. Along with the 2 new cases having been filed today, there is no doubt that these cases will have to be resolved at the Supreme Court level. Gary D. Buseck, GLAD’s legal director said of the case:

Every day that DOMA stands, it arbitrarily divides married couples into two categories
Mary L. Bonauto Glad’s Project director expounds a bit on why the case is important in the video below.





So while there have been some setbacks, I urge all of my colleagues and LGBT brethren to not give up, but to instead work as hard and hard than we ever have. We may have some loses along the way (temporary ones) but we will also have great stride. It’s what we have to do to achieve equality. To do anything less is to play into the hands of those that want us to be silent and unrepresented. We cannot let that happen.

4 comments:

  1. Mr. Stone,

    Love your work that you do for the community. I feel an even closer to the community when I read your blog, even though you said I should. Your points are always strong and necessary to continue the fight for equality.
    I would have you know that even though I have not been able to keep up to date with the equality fight online I have in my personal life. I was able to bring up equality in my classrooms and though the fear ran through my body my classmates where amazed. They merely have never heard from a gay man's mouth how their decision affects me. That sense of comradery of me stepping into the light for them to see me was enough to change minds.

    I will fight until there is full equality.

    Thank you again,


    Norberto

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  2. Thank you for the wonderful comment, Norberto. You've always been someone that has always been real with your feelings. Feelings that spill over, to show that you are indeed in the fight for equality.Together, we will fight until we reach that goal. Love and understanding is the common bond of who we are, even if others try to besmirch that bond. It's a bond that endures because we believe in fighting for the rights we deserve. The same rights others have.

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  3. As always, it's good to see you continue voicing the concerns of the LGBT community. You, along with the other blogger friends I've made, have allowed me to appreciate being a gay male even more. Continue to do what you do!

    Bama

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  4. Hey Bams! Thank you! You're doing great as well. Like I always say, we'll get there if we just keep on fighting for it! I know how much you've come to realize what being a gay man means to you. Keep up the good work!

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