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  •  if being associated with gays = "smear" (18+ / 0-)

    perhaps in Fred Phelps' sick brain, perhaps for Jim Dobson, but I actually have a little more faith in the American public than that.

    People's attitudes change slowly, and the majority of Americans have come a long way on issues of gay relationships --things such as AIDS, the 9/11 gay families, media images, and folks having the courage to come out to their families/friends/neighbours/co-workers has helped most people see the need for dignity in the way people are treated. As a result, the overwhelming majority of the public now supports significant rights for same-sex partners (even if they aren't yet willing to call it marriage). How far and quick we've moved ... and that movement continues. (It was significant that the 9/11 compensation fund treated same-sex families the same way they treated married couples and unmarried heterosexuals -- a huge step forward that received virtually no political opposition)

    Of course we have to talk about the lives of the gay/lesbian families impacted by the September 11th attacks .  The alternative is to perpetuate the invisibility, the shame, and the hatred that comes from demanding that people remain in the closet. Let's allow them to have the dignity of telling the truth about their lives.

    Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

    by terjeanderson on Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 12:48:22 PM PDT

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