Over the past year, voters have stripped away marriage rights in California and Maine. And the California Supreme Court failed in its obligation to protect our fundamental freedom to marry. So now what?
I'm sure his speechwriters have cooked up something special for Saturday, but I've got a few ideas of my own. I've written a speech for the beloved President -- the kind of speech we wish the man would give, just once.
Even if people are willing, as good citizens, to grant gays and lesbians "all the rights married people have," they can't stand the thought of seeing marriage, a "sacred" word, and concept, brutalized.
Gay marriage is a civil rights issue; it will take a Supreme Court decision or an amendment to the US Constitution to make this right. That's almost inconceivably hard work, but ending slavery was no picnic either.
By moving this basic premise of marriage equality from the sink hole of catastrophic defeat state after state, year after year, to within striking distance of a win, we will eventually reach the finish line.
It's been a generation since ACT-UP's members and other activists took to the streets, protesting outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York and the NIH. These tactics should not be lost in this new struggle for marriage equality.