LAMBOY: So how-
CLINTON: Answer, answer the question, yes or no? I asked – we live in the real world, here.
LAMBOY: No, I understand-
CLINTON: We live in the real world-
LAMBOY: The political backlash-
CLINTON: No, no, not a political backlash, a substantive backlash in the lives of gay people. Will there be more or fewer gay couples free of harassment if the law is that every gay couple in America who could go to Massachusetts and marry would then have to be recognized in Utah?"
Relying on Orwellian thinking, Clinton argues that because DOMA discriminates against lesbians and gays, DOMA actually protects them from harassment. As a strategy, "political realism" historically fails, as evidenced by the proliferation of hate legislation since the passage of DOMA. In "the real world," DOMA legitimized harassment of the LGBT community and encouraged states to pass similar laws. If homophobic heterosexuals really wanted to "defend marriage," it would be more logical to ban divorce, rather than preclude others from marrying.
Regardless of politician double-speak, Hollywood is doing its share to support the cause for equal rights, producing shorts like this fantastic, star-studded 3-minute video, Prop 8 The Musical, as well as this 7-minute Love Is Love short, embedded below. Specifically dedicated to those who voted for Proposition 8, Love Is Love stars Jenni Baird and Michael Dean Connolly as closeted hets, and award-winning Jane Lynch, who's won the hearts of many a film and comedy fans.
Keith Olbermann emphatically chimes in during this November 10th broadcast:
Olbermann's words are compelling and appreciated, especially coming from someone who reaches millions. But the entire LGBT community has geared up – as evidenced by the 100,000 hits to the DWAG website since its inception on November 15th. Within 48 hours of launch, local media in ten major cities covered it, as did Telemundo, and TV and radio in Austria and Australia, according to Hetherington.
"We receive around 100 emails an hour from people looking for volunteer opportunities, so we're interested in more organizations listing, because the volunteers are out there. We hope this happens yearly, and that it spreads a new power in the fight against 'H8' through community involvement." Hetherington stressed to OpEdNews his belief that the boycott must be visible, and recognizes the political capital to be gained by visibly volunteering in public on Dec. 10th.
The success of the Montgomery bus boycott cannot be ignored. Arguably, that boycott led to Barack Obama's selection as the first African American to become president of the U.S. That boycott succeeded because the vast majority of people of color joined together, along with their allies – and stuck with it for a full year. The December 10th boycott/strike is only for one day. But like the civil rights movement of the 20th century that continued its efforts for decades, the 21st century movement plans to push non-stop for equality for all.
Lesbians and gays are United States citizens excluded from equal treatment in all but two states. Discriminatory legislation to "protect" us from hate is illogical and unconstitutional. Once again, the United States finds itself on the fascistic side of civil rights when compared to the bulk of Western Civilization:
Same-sex marriages Unions granting rights similar to marriage Unions granting limited/enumerated rights Foreign same-sex marriages recognized Statute bans same-sex marriage Constitution bans same-sex marriage Constitution bans same-sex marriage and other kinds of same-sex unions
Marriage Map per Wiki commons
Same sex marriage recognized Civil unions recognized Unregistered cohabitation recognized Issue under political consideration Unrecognized or unknown Same sex marriage banned
Wiki cc - Map showing the status of same sex marriage in Europe
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