The murder happened just a few blocks away from
the Stonewall Inn, where, in 1969, the gay rights movement was born, bringing a
sense of continuance to the vigil. In fact, from the statements during the
vigil, rage was heaped upon a society at large rather than focused on any
particular group. In many ways, the vigil seemed to make a valiant attempt to
transcend hate by overcoming it with determination coupled with pride in the
courage of Mark Carson, imploring everyone to be like him.
Yet no one mentioned the one label that the
LGBT's worst enemy usually reserves for itself: "martyr."
Last week, one anti-marriage equality wag stated: "The forces
of evil always always get greedy and then they give us an opportunity to fight
In the wake of last week's extreme homophobic
violence, let's hope that more such vigils take place when violence occurs.
*The video of the vigil is long (30 minutes) but well worth the view.
**[SOURCE: Drew Mariani Show--Relevant Radio ]