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I know many Kossacks don't glide over to CNN.com very often, so want to recommend that you do. They have an article front-paged on why marriage equality won at the ballot box: because of individuals and families who unexpectedly found themselves becoming activists.

Profiled in the article:

---"A preacher," Rev. Barbara Kershner Daniel, now serving the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ in Frederick, Maryland. Twenty-five years ago, as a new pastor, she was asked to officiate at a same-sex ceremony, and declined -- and then kicked herself. Working on the Maryland referendum gave her a chance for a "do-over."

---"A teacher," Michael Clark, a Seattle-area middle school band and orchestra teacher. He and his domestic partner have been together for 18 years, but he kept quiet about all that in the classroom.

---"A soldier's parents," Lori and Jeff Wilfahrt of Minnesota, whose son, Cpl. Andrew Wilfahrt, was the first openly gay soldier killed in Afghanistan after repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." For the Wilfahrts, speaking out on behalf of marriage equality was the best way to honor their son's memory.

---"A GOP leader," Mark Ellis of Maine, adopted from the Phillipines. He realized that his own interracial marriage would once have been illegal in many states. A former chairman of the state GOP, he wondered if speaking out on marriage equality would jeopardize his position. But he found other Republicans who supported marriage equality, giving them the courage to speak out.

CNN observes:

Each took up the cause for personal reasons shaped by life experiences. Together, they surprised America; their voices emerged as a sign of a more progressive electorate that's grown tired of arguments that say marriage between two men or two women undermines the institution and the very fabric of society.
I'm sure each of us could add dozens of stories like this. Ultimately "change" happens one person at a time, one friendship at a time, one eye-opening experience at a time.

To those of you who are planning your weddings, or just worked hard on these referendums, a heartfelt "congratulations!"

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  •  only because the religious right has such (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, irishwitch

    a tight grip on this issue is the reason that same-gender marriage is stalled in states and the U.S. as a whole. Otherwise, I do think that equality would be prevalent in all 50 states.

    And finally, light is beginning to break through and will finally shine here, and love and understanding will gain over  ignorance and hate and divisiveness.....  

  •  one person at a time indeed (1+ / 0-)
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    207wickedgood

    I am glad I was wrong about this.

    I was previously a proponent of civil unions and leaving out the term marriage. I thought it was too toxic. I am very pleased to have been wrong.

    We'll continue to make progress here. Younger folks are wondering what the hubbub is.

    Those of us in the middle ages are still persuadable. Those on the left will (like me) see that it isn't political suicide anymore. Some of those on the right are still potentially persuadable as their friends and family members continue to come out.

    The older folks...well, maybe it doesn't matter. But there may even be a little hope here. I, as a matter of course, do not discuss politics with my patients. I deflect questions and comments. My geriatrics department has a rainbow sticker on the entry door and there is one at the clinic registration desk as well indicating our commitment to equality. It isn't just a coded rainbow that only those who know what they are looking at can decipher. It says the words lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgendered on it. I've never had a patient ask about it. And they seem to be perfectly happy to let their other irrational bigotries out. (This is one of the reasons I don't talk politics with patients. I've had them comment on why we take care of so many n***ers here. I've had them try to get me to agree that Kenyan Muslim Obama is going to take away their Medicare. It's tough not to comment, but I've decided it's the best policy. I'm surprised I haven't heard anything about the f*gs.)

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

    by Skipbidder on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 03:42:54 PM PST

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