I’m getting to the point where I’m repeating myself. The hate-groups are loud and very vocal with their lies and half-truths. So we have to find some way of being louder.
I gather marriage equality will be voted on next year in a number of states in the US. Minnesota is one such state. I had a quick look at the Minnesotans United for All Families website and was amazed at how many groups were behind them. It is with such groups that we can shout down those who are anti-gay. We need allies and here are a good number of them. They are:
Outfront, Project 515, Human Rights Campaign, Freedom to Marry, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Family Equality Council, Lutherans Concerned / North America, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Shir Tikvah, Twin Cities Black Pride, Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Take Action MN, Libertarian Party of Minnesota, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Minnesota Council 5, StonewallDFL, Catholics for Marriage Equality, Minnesota American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, Wellstone Action!, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, Unity Unitarian Church, Twin Cities Student Coalition for Human Rights, Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Service Employees International Union MN State Council, MN Love Campaign, Minnesota National Organization for Women, Lunalux, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays, Open circle Church, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Minnesota, Mount Zion Temple, Winona County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, Minnesota Theater Alliance, Jewish Community action, John Larsen foundation, ROR Tax Professionals, Table Salt Productions, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Kanabec County, New Bohemian Arts Cooperative, Minnesota Women’s Consortium, PFund, Minnesota Playlist, The Playwrites’ Center, Bisexual Organizing Project, Minnesota Atheists, and NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota
As you might notice, included in that list are union groups. I have to wonder why they have included themselves and if I find out I’ll include that information in the comments to this post.
I also want to comment on the Roman Catholic group, Catholics for Marriage Equality, as I’m sure it must take some courage to go against the policy of their church. I remember reading that 75% of RCs support LBGT rights but I didn’t think they’d be vocal about it, especially on the subject of marriage equality.
I think the key is to run a campaign just like an election where our side runs events in support of the LGBT community. Educate people on the difficulties of having a relationship with no legal status. Marriage includes a lot of rights that include Social Security benefits, veterans’ benefits, health insurance, Medicaid, hospital visitation, estate taxes, retirement savings, pensions, family leave, and immigration law.
We and our allies need to shout out loud and clear that denying marriage equality is wrong and so are most of the things the hate mongers claim. As the song goes “let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” We need a lot more peace.