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  •  but what's wrong with that? (1+ / 0-)
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    How is this different from "white people" refusing to sit at the front of the bus?

    Makes it more visible. Makes people uncomfortable. That's the point.

    "To live outside the law you must be honest." Bob Dylan

    by mieprowan on Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 01:06:53 AM PDT

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    •  One difference that I can see. (0+ / 0-)

      How is this different from "white people" refusing to sit at the front of the bus?

      Laws preventing Black folks from sitting in the front of the bus were really not the focus of the civil rights protest. They were a chosen symbol of a much more pervasive system of Jim Crow. (Like the salt tax in India under British rule.)

      Where one sits on the bus is not in and of itself a very serious matter. (That's part of what makes it an ideal law to break in a nonviolent civil disobedience in the first place.)

      The institution of civil marriage is quite different. It confers significant benifits, and is in and of itself major focal point of struggle. It is not symbolic. Not being able to marry is in and of itself a major penalty.

      illegal, n. A term used by descendents of European immigrants to refer to descendants of Indigenous Americans

      by ricardomath on Mon Aug 24, 2009 at 04:25:14 AM PDT

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