Thursday, September 20, 2007

103. Inspired again...

So in my last post, I wrote about why I’m happy when celebrities come out… how nothing changes a homophobe’s mind like actually knowing a real, flesh and blood homosexual.

Well, while stumbling around one of my favourite websites, I found some proof of that. A republican politician (who isn’t involved in a gay sex scandal… how refreshing!) has reversed his stance on gay marriage, despite the fact that 62% of his constituents will oppose him. What prompted this? Well, among other things, it appears that knowing gay people personally (among them, his daughter) forced him to realize that he could not support the ‘separate but equal’ stance behind the civil union option, and that he could no longer tell his gay friends and family “that their relationships — their very lives — were any less meaningful than the marriage that I share with my wife Rana."

You can watch the video of his speech here, it is quite moving, and not just a little bit inspirational.



3 Comments:

just me said...

Thanks for the FYI. :) Good stuff. I think I'm going to need to start reading that afterellen site too.

just me said...

Sorry for the 50,000 comments from me. :) I also should say this made me all teary.

Eric said...

Hey JJ! It's been too long, hasn't it? I hope you're well and i'll try to catch up on your blog through the weekend. (((hug)))

Thanks for this post. I saw this in the news here in SoCal and I had been planning on searching it out to see if I can post the video onto TWC - so thanks for the lead.

I think it was last year that the Long Beach City Council (including our mayor) unanimously voted for a resolution to support marriage equality and further to urge state and national legislatures to do the same.

Sometimes it seems like an uphill battle against people who will never change their minds. It's so awesome to see that hearts can be changed!

Thanks JJ. =)