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  •  Unlike you, young-un, I remember that day. (17+ / 0-)

    It sucked. I remember I was dating a guy who was kinda conservative. (Not Repiblican, but it was the 80s, in Michigan everyone was kind of conservative by my current 2011 standard in NYC.)

    I remember being horrified. And I remember him trying to explain or rationalize the decision--as a gay man.

    I think in some ways we have an instinct to do so because the cold reality that our government hates us and will use any tool at it's disposal to marginalize and stigmatize us is just too awful to comprehend, or live with.  

    We laud the court for Brown v. Ed, Roe v. Wade and other milestones, and like to think it is a place where Justice is found. We hate to think progress is not a linear process, but it is not.

    But as we saw by the reversal, the arc of the universe is just, ultimately. Hopefully our route to marriage equality will not be frustrated by a similar circuitous detour. But it may, and we'll have to keep the faith.

    Is the LGBT community inclusive enough to embrace the glitter-dispersal impaired? Discuss.

    by Scott Wooledge on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 01:24:05 PM PDT

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