crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
Dear supporters of Proposition 8,
Please do not take my words as gloating but rather a clear and concise analysis of why you may be feeling dejected now over the overturning of Proposition 8.
In 2008, when you won, many of you stood with your arms raised in defiance of the bitter tears you caused in the lgbt community.
What a difference two years makes indeed.
But let me explain to you why you lost today. It’s not complicated, but rather simple.
Your side lost because you lied.
Oh I know that folks on your side will whine about “activist judges who make laws rather than interpret them,” but let’s be real here.
Your entire narrative has been a lie from the beginning.
Folks on your side, such as Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage, the Family Research Council, and the rest of the pseudo defenders of morality will probably whine about how you all have been unfairly labeled as “bigots.” And I am sure that they will point out that every time there has been a public vote on marriage equality, the lgbt community has always lost.
But they will conveniently omit how these victories were attained. You won’t hear about how they invoked images of gay boogeymen molesting children in false ads nor will they admit to telling lies about children supposedly being taught about gay sex.
You won’t hear them admit to exploiting people’s unconscious fears and ignorance of the lgbt community in order to spin outrageous scenarios of what could happen should lgbts be allowed to marry.
And don’t be surprised by this. Those like Gallagher will never admit to the depths they stooped to win not only in California but other places like Maine.
But there is a reason why this country has checks and balances. And there is a reason why people can’t arbitrarily vote on the rights of others without having to defend this vote in the logical arena of courts, where you can’t invoke panic by proverbially yelling fire in a crowded theatre.
In the courts, you must defend your position. And in the long run, you couldn’t. Or rather many of you wouldn’t. Again, the specters of gay bogeymen were invoked as your leaders spun false images of avenging hordes for their reluctance to be questioned in the courts about the unprovoked lies they said in pulpits, in speeches, and on commercials.
This time, it didn’t work. The court saw through the phony claims and realized something, which I hope that many of you now do – you have no logical reason to either deny us the right to love or to deny us the ability to protect the ones whom we love.
But please don’t think that even though we are celebrating, the lgbt community is naive to think that this ends the struggle for marriage equality.
We know this is just the beginning of a long fight to attain something that should have been ours from the beginning.
But that’s okay.
We are a community who learn from our past mistakes. At times we lose, but we learn to adapt and we eventually win.
So bring it on. We are not afraid.