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Civil rights for gays and lesbians

November 11, 2008

The tragic vote in California, supporting Proposition 8 — the proposal that makes it illegal for gay people to marry — has gotten my students asking, so what exactly are civil rights? Are gay people entitled to equity before the law? Yes, of course. How can this even be a question? Here is a great quote from Ann Lamott about the need to keep on fighting against this kind of injustice. “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” However, civil rights activism has always been linked to the black church. And the black church has issues with the gay community. Somehow, we have to figure out how to carve out a new strategy to get new voters on board. Any ideas?

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