My prom date is back in my life. I have not seen Lisa in 19 years and tonight I got to see her again. It was awesome. We had an absolute blast. I haven't laughed that hard in a while. What's weird is that it doesn't seem like it was that many years since I had seen her. But we were talking like we hadn;t seen each other in a couple of weeks. She also filled me in on a few surprises with people we used to know -- one in particular out of left field. Thanks to the Navy she's led an amazing life. I'm happy to have her back in my life.She's heading back to VA but hopefully we will stay in touch.
According to this article New York will become the next frontier in the gay marriage battle. This makes me nervous after such a horrible defeat. The other problem is how do we tackle this? How do average citizens get involved?
With political campaigns there is an obviously hierarchy where the candidate and and their campaign get people activated and organized. But a "movement" is so much more decentralized. There is no gay politburo. No one is elected or appointed to provide vision. Those who oppose gay marriage use church-based leadership and infrastructure for funding and organizing. As we saw in California the Mormon and Catholic churches were very effective and because the conservative PR machine is so well-tested they had excellent message discipline. Granted, it was a message of lies, but very effective lies nonetheless.The good guys, by contrast were the victims of poor leadership and mixed, defensive messaging.
I'm still recovering from this defeat. It's devastating. I feel awful days later. I feel like a true second class citizen in my own country. My heart is broken and I feel powerless. I know that is not true. I know that history is on our side. It just moves slower than we would like.
But as the movement hits New York, so close to home, what can I do? What should I do? Maybe I should do nothing and hope that the new Democratically-controlled state senate does the right thing. With campaigns, I often say I just have to do my part. In a case like this, I need to figure out what is my part.
Today, Rich, Ceci and I went to Stroudsburg, PA today to do some canvasing on behalf of the Obama campaign. We had a quick orientation, then we hit the road, taking the most difficult packet to handle. We quickly learned the streets of a new town. Rich drove, Ceci. helped navigate and logged all information the campaign wanted and I did the actually door hanger delivery. We had a successful canvass and we were happy we could help!