Now that gives me hope. That's what we need to turn the tide on gay rights – straight folks caring as much as gay folks. Even if every gay person marches and protests and editorializes, it's simply not enough. Our community alone is not enough. We need them. Let's face it, there are a lot more of them than us. We need them to be as outraged as we are and, in a way, perhaps even more. For us this is deeply personal and reaches into the most private parts of our everyday lives. But for them there are no ramifications in their everyday lives save for the deep insult it gives to their sense of decency and fairness. So on this issue we need everyone – us and them – to turn to our friends and neighbors and family members who oppose gay marriage and ask, “What is this to you?” It all boils down, ultimately, to love. The love we hope to share with another person until death do us part, and the love we hope to share with every man and woman as fellow humans. What is this to you, and why would you ever not choose love when given the chance? Atta boy, Keith, atta boy.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This is about the human heart
Oh, Keith Olbermann. How I've both loved and loathed you this election season. I've loved you, as all liberals love you, for being our unrelenting champion against the O'Reallys of the world. But then I've also loathed you, as all Hillary supporters loathed you, for having blinders on to the inherent sexism of some of her critics. But now, well, now I'm just happy that when it comes to gay marriage you totally get it. Olbermann's Special Comment last night was, in a word, great. Watch and marvel.