The LGBT community has done a tremendous job of organizing and fighting for equal rights over the years. And with much notable success, especially compared to 40 years ago when you couldn't even have a gay bar! From today's vantage point you wonder, how could that even be possible!
But Barney Frank is right: the very difficult next step is putting the heat to our politicians in 435 congressional districts and 50 states. Obama is not the problem, he's being as progressive as possible under the circumstances. The problem is our United States Congress. That's where the power is.
In general, politicians care only about votes. And 2% to 5% of the total voting population is not a majority.
I believe the LGBT community needs to build the mother of all gay/straight alliances. And in recognition of where the necessary votes really are, let's call it a straight/gay alliance.
I believe today about fifty percent of straight Americans would agree that everyone should have equal rights. And it's getting better every day as more and more old Christian and Mormon bigots die or turn senile, and more and more young people turn 18 and can vote.
That's why I'd like you to take a look at the new "Equal Rights For All Americans" petition campaign at UniversalFreeChurch.org. It's a simple mechanism that makes it easy to petition your congressional representatives by snail-mail, and email your friends anywhere in the country to do the same thing. Unless you have a better solution, please join in and let's make this happen.
Please read the email call-to-action below. Its purpose is to drive people to the website, and also get them to forward the email to everyone they know that might be supportive. You can cut and paste the email and send it to everyone you know (especially your straight friends). Or you can download the email as a .DOC file at UniversalFreeChurch.org.
Subject header: Equal Rights For All Americans.
Body copy below:
It is a shameful disgrace that in America today:
1) Same-sex couples who are legally married under the laws of several states are still denied all the civil rights of other married couples by a federal law.
2) Federal equal opportunity laws protecting all other Americans from employment discrimination do not apply to legally married same-sex couples.
3) Same-sex couples serving our country in the military lose their jobs if they even *admit* they're legally married to the person they love.
This kind of blatant discrimination is not my America. This is the America of bible-thumping Christian and Mormon politicians who have been elected to federal office by bible-thumping Christian and Mormon voters.