I’m not sitting in the afternoon plenary session, “Race, Religion & the LGBT Movement.” Â My eyes again began to glaze over as the representatives from the various organizations offered self-congratulatory reports what they did to defeat Proposition 8 or protest its passage.
Had my eyes not glazed over, I might have caught the introduction of a woman from a church in San Diego. Ok, just found it that she’sÂ Catherine Thienmann of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in San Diego,I gotta give this gal a lot of credit. Â She was the first person at this conference to mention the word, “monogamy.” Â And she did so in a favorable light.
You would think that in a conference to promote gay marriage, you’d have heard a few people talk about the meaning of marriage. At least Thienmann did. Â If during last fall’s campaign, more people had spoken as she did, Proposition 8 would likely not have fared as well as it did.
Basically, she said that gay marriage was not a threat to traditional marriage as gay people were capable of meeting the requirements of marriage, including commitment, monogamy (and a few other things). Again, the problem with live-blogging. I was setting up this post when Ms. Thienmann started speaking; my ears only perked up when I heard the word, “monogamy,” so I’m paraphrasing as best I again. She may not have uesd the term “traditional marriage,” may have said “straight marriage.”
Now, a surprise guest, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is speaking.
2:24 Another person blathering on about what her organization did. Didn’t we already go through this this morning.
Oh great, we’re finally opening it up to the participants! Oh, wait, going back into breakout groups.
Ok, I decided not to go to the breakout sessions. Beginning to wonder now how much more I can glean from this conference than I already gleaned. Oh, there’s Scott Schmidt, the man formerly known at BoifromTroy.
It’ll be interesting to see what suggestions they come up with. I hope they’re in line with what my Rabbi Denise Eger of Congregation Kol-Ami said this morning in the special Shabbos service they held earlier today. She said we need to learn, as Moses, to communicate our message to our adversaries as he did to his. And that as per my last post, is the gist of my message on gay marriage.
Indeed, it has been the gist for as long as I’ve been blogging about the topic, to talk about it as most people talk about marriage, as a social institution with certain obligations. At least Ms. Thienmann addressed those here. But, the fact that so few advocates of gay marriage recognize how integral monogamy is to the institution (of marriage) is why they’re not making more headway in convincing social conservatives (not all of whom are politically conservative) of the merits of their cause.