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  •  So now what? Give up? Come on. Get real. (4+ / 0-)

    It took a Herculean effort by the LDS and Catholic Churches to pass Prop 8 by ONE PERCENT.

    ONE PERCENT IS NOT A MANDATE.

    It might be a majority, BUT IT'S NOT A MANDATE.

    Buzzsaw's comment was inelegant, but listen to its essence.  You NEED TO MOVE THE PEOPLE, not the politicians.

    Don't look to Obama, Pelosi or Boxer to be your salvation.  You need to MOVE THE PEOPLE.

    Educate the people about the REAL FACE OF THE GAY COMMUNITY.

    So one of my best friends told me that he was hoping that someday, the cameras at the Gay Pride parade would stop focusing on the flamboyant floats and costumes and pan the crowd.

    You'd see families.  You'd see your dentist.  You'd see your financial adviser.  Your local banker.  Your next door neighbor.

    Rights are NEVER SET IN STONE.  You always have to fight for them.  And the first step is to win the hearts and minds of the American people.  

    Then, find your natural coalition for extending civil union rights.  I was surprised to hear that the AARP was fighting a referendum that would dissolve civil unions of all types.  

    What politicians like Obama can do for all of us is to turn away from the politics of putting government's damn nose in everybody's personal business.

    •  Easier to simply (0+ / 0-)

      declare whole racial and religious groups suspect until proven otherwise.  Kudos to every gay American and gay family pushing to live visible lives free of hatred and demand a commitment from this country to not allow the government to deprive any group of rights to which we're all entitled.  

      Too bad that there are some who instead retreat into hate and rage.

      Thank you for such a hopeful, respectful, productive comment.

      "If you don't have a record to run on...You make a big election about small things." - Barack Obama

      by GN1927 on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 07:53:36 AM PST

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    •  1%....I wish...current is 52 /48 with 95% (3+ / 0-)

      reporting. And we need 400k votes...

      "When there's only one race and that's mankind, Then we shall be free" Garth Brooks

      by SallyCat on Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 08:10:40 AM PST

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