November 14th, 2008


no one for us

apparently there are rallies all across the nation to protest prop 8 in california. oh, i'll probably end up going to the one here. but i'm a little ticked off.

you all might remember that I campaigned against the amendment in Kansas that passed in 2005? Well big surprise... there were no national rallies for us. We were a red state that got what we deserved. Most people's attitudes about gays in Kansas went something like, "if you're gay, you should not be stupid enough to live in Kansas. Of course they're going to pass an amendment. Who cares?"

National organizations basically let us twist in the wind. People on either coast looked in at us and shrugged their shoulders. Kansas.

But you know what? When asshole conservatives start running successful amendment campaigns in red states, they learn a lot. They learn that they can win these things. And they keep moving forward. By the time they got to California, they were like a machine. They knew they could get campaign funding from churches so the donations to their side would be tax-exempt (ours not so much... we're honest, we pay taxes). They knew how to sell fear. They knew who the leaders on the other side were, where they were organized and where they weren't.

There wasn't money coming into Kansas. A nation didn't hold its breath. We're flyover country. Might as well build a wall and not even look at us. And now you're shocked that in a huge state that's typically liberal, you're not untouchable? We told you that allowing a majority to vote on minority rights would result in nothing good for the minority... you said that was us, you were different. We also tried to say that the judges on the coasts who were ruling same-sex marriage constitutional weren't doing us any favors... it might have seemed like a nice gesture, but it was a little early, and it scared the conservatives into starting the amendment movements. now i don't think we'll ever repeal ours.

We fought hard. We felt like the string quartet on the Titanic, playing our hearts out all the way down, and we knew it was a losing battle, but we still fought just so we could look ourselves in the mirrors.

So I'm sorry, California, that you have a shitty amendment like we do (although it's not that shitty, ours outlaws civil unions as well). But you could have helped cut this movement off at the head when it started years ago, if you weren't such elitists who focus on laughing at the midwest and what backward hicks we are.

maybe the nation will start taking this seriously, and actually send some support for the next state that fights this battle... red or blue? it would mean good will come of this. real change means more than feeling bad for California, it means taking action and having resolve to be a good neighbor next time. okay?