If I got paid for blogging, I might do things a little differently. I would certainly attend more gatherings of left-wing gays as I would be compensated for hearing the same old jargon over and over again, in the hope I would hear some new twist amidst the same old rhetoric.
I say this because I had been considering attending the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s “Town Hall on the Freedom to Marry” tonight. Indeed, it was anticipation of that meeting that I had penned, er, pixeled, this post on what, I believe to be, the best strategy to deal with a California Supreme Court ruling upholding Proposition 8. I intended to speak out and say what I have long been saying on this blog and which a reader echoes on his own blog, “present a much better campaign to win the hearts and minds of the California public,” i.e., make a better case for gay marriage.
When I read the list of organizations invited to address the gathering, I saw the usual suspects, the left-leaning gay interest groups in the Golden State. Now, I’m not disputing their inclusion. I’m wondering about the exclusion of Log Cabin or any other right-of-center groups.
I expect they would offer the same tired arguments I heard at the “Equality” Summit. A few people might make a good point or two, but it would have a general leftist slant. Now, maybe my hunch is wrong and maybe they’ll have a more balanced approach this time, but my experience has taught me not to expect inclusion of conservative ideas at such confabs.
So, I’m not going. I have better things to do with my time.
Now, if I were paid to do this, it might be worth my while to go. I would be compensated for listening to the same old liberal jargon repeated by the same liberal advocates who failed last fall to make a convincing case to the people of California for state recognition of same-sex marriage.
If these people really want to build a consensus for same-sex marriage in the Golden State, they need reach out to the voices they have long ignored, those conservative gay men and lesbians who associate with and have ideas on appealing to conservative Californians who voted for Prop 8.
They need to develop strategies to change people’s minds, not just make members of various left-leaning interest groups feel good about themselves.