This explains why we need more smart, savvy, aggressive people leading the movement for full equality. Seriously.
In today’s Washington Post article on the changing politics surrounding gay issues, check out this quote from HRC’s Fred Sainz:
In Washington, gay rights groups say they will turn now to the “Employment Non-Discrimination Act,” which would stop employers from discriminating based on a person’s real or perceived sexual identity.
That idea has been kicking around Congress since the 1970s, and few think the new members of the Republican House majority will be the ones to put it over the top. Still, some gay activists say the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal will inevitably lead to more successes in their effort to erase the official barriers to complete parity in society.
“If you can fight and die for your country, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t be granted the full set of rights” that others have, including the ability to marry a same-sex partner, said Fred Sainz, a vice president at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. With the military’s policy repealed, he said, “Americans will deduce that on their own. We won’t have to say a thing.”
Ah, yes, your work is done. Seriously, who even thinks that way, let alone says it out loud — to a reporter.
So, fine. Don’t say another thing. Just stop talking all together. Have your parties and let the GetEQUAL, Equality Matters, Freedom to Marry, activists and LGBT bloggers take care of things moving forward.