It seems the biggest issue in the gay world this week is not the election of Barack Obama, but the protests against the vote in favor of Proposition 8.
I have my theories on why these people are rallying, but I don’t think it does much good for the cause (or the community) for people to vent in public. It makes it appear to the world that we, at least those rallying, are not ready for marriage.
And what are they so angry about? That the state won’t recognize same-sex unions as marriage?Â We can still call them marriage on our own. And the Golden State still recognizes and grants privileges to same-sex couples, calling them domestic partnerships instead of marriage.
I thought when I started writing this, I’d have a lot to say on the topic, but in reality there really isn’t that much to say. Instead of venting their spleen on the public stage, these people should be working on making a more thoughtful case for gay marriage.
Protesting will get you media, but it’s not likely to change minds. And given last Tuesday’s results, shouldn’t that be the goal?
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds: “GAY-RIGHTS PROTESTERS target another church. . . . This strategy seems quite unwise.” Exactly.
UP-UPDATE: Eric Scheie and I are on the same wave-length: “I’d hate to think all this fuss is over a desire for official state imprimatur, but I worry that it is. Like almost everything else (soon including the auto industry), marriage is seen as something you get from the government. Maybe it would be better to see it as something that the government cannot interfere with, the way genuine rights are.” (Via Glenn).