Tuesday, May 26, 2009

My Feelings on Prop 8

I found this video this morning and it really reflects my overall feelings on the upholding of prop 8. I am just not going to let this get me down in any way. I know that we have time on our side, and I do feel marriage equality is inevitable in this country. I like what this guy says here-- that even though this news is hard to take, it is positive because furthering the dialogue about marriage equality will speed up the process of marriage equality. What are your thoughts?

6 comments:

Wyatt said...

Thanks for posting this, boo.

Our greatest resources is being able to dialogue. This fight will be won when we continue to explain and motivate through our own personal stories.

Bravone said...

Thoughtful dialog like yours and this video clip will do much more to further the cause than angry protests.

CLARK JOHNSEN said...

Yeah.. I feel the same way right now to be honest. I was going to go up to the Protest tonight in boystown but I just didn't feel it. I have to admit I am disappointed because I want our society to progress quickly, but "change comes fast, and change comes slow, but change comes." (caroline or change) I already see the landscape changing before our eyes, and we can focus on that.

One of the things that Equality California and the HRC have been talking about is more education among religious groups. I wish there was some way I could help reach a greater number of mormons and have our stories out there. I do agree that our personal stories are more powerful than our anger.

Karyn Mann said...

Great video clark!
I look forward to the next time we can get together and further the discussion about gay marriage (or anything!!!). :)

Znae said...

While the ruling is really a shame and very disappointing this video does a great job of channeling what would be outrage for the community into a calming reassurance. He does a good job of putting the situation into perspective and reminding people that the ball is still rolling and things are going to change.

Rebecca said...

(Caroline or Change = AWESOME)

I think a calm approach and talking to people - not arguing, just, "Hey, this is why it's important to me, just so you know" are keys to winning marriage equality.

However.

I also think angry protesting has a place. There are a lot of different feelings about this, and a lot of different approaches, and I think most of them are valid (short of violence). Yes, being calm about it is probably the most effective approach, but I think it's really unfair when people accuse us of being angry about it - as if we have no right to be. Yeah, I'm angry about it, and if I want to go to an angry, yet peaceful, protest, I think that's a productive way to vent those feelings. It shows people that we DO care about, that we ARE passionate about this, and that we're not just going to shrug and say, "Well, ok, I guess that's the end of it."

Having calm discussions is great, and important, and hopefully effective, but I'm not going to feel bad about being an angry protester. Because I am angry about it.