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11 November 2004


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Amen, Christie,

I was talking to a conservative cast mate the other day who has been wearing "Vote Bush" t-shirts for months, and I've bitten my tongue. Turns out he's quite a nice guy. He said that "gay marriage doesn't really affect me." I love how other people who can get married as a matter of course are intellectualizing this issue and feeling so high and mighty about their opinions one way or the other. The fact of the matter is that the legal protections afforded married partners in this country should be a right that I can access, simply because I am a member of the human race. It might be an intellectual exercise to all those heterosexuals out there, but to me, it's a personal issue of the heart, and it's my life.



I have to admit: The day after the election, after four days volunteering for Kerry in Colorado and seeing the fundamentalists starting to gloat over their perceived new power, I was angry at Gavin Newsome for handing Karl Rove the weapon he needed.

My friend said to me: "When is it ever the wrong time to do the right thing?" And he reminded me that in the South people were told for decades not to make trouble, and to wait for tomorrow.

It was wrong to put off civil rights then, and it's wrong to do so now. We should accept nothing less than equal rights for all Americans.

My favorite "new" quote: "The arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice." -- The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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