TIME OUT: New York Magazine‘s cover story, Who Is Barack Obama, and why do people say such loopy, ugly things about him?, ostensibly has nothing to do with gay marriage. But it does look at, head-on (directly on the forehead obvs), the incredible lunacy of the lunatics. The birthers, the teabaggers, the Glenn Beck followers … Obama’s already received 400 times more death threats than George W. Bush (that’s an actual number). A frightening fringe still truly believes, erroneously, that this country’s root is The Bible. And by “The Bible” they mean “our screwed-up interpretation of the bible.” And here we are, being impatient with him for not acting on same-sex marriage yet. Now is not the time.
Look at these people and ask yourself what would happen to health care or education intiatives if Obama woke up tomorrow and repealed DOMA:
We have to keep wanting and working locally within our states. But perhaps it’s time we face the unfortunate reality: there’s a ton of insane Palinist humans who refuse to listen to anything/anyone besides their own crabby, manic pundits. The editor of factcheck.org, in response to the birther movement: “A video of Obama being born in Honolulu with Don Ho playing ukulele in the background would not dispel a thing with these people.” Similarly, Obama can repeat “Death Panels aren’t real” 500 times, they don’t care.
Thus here we are, without our gay marriage rights. The thing is; if you’re one of the ten bazillion uninsured unmarried American Homos, universal health care could fix a few of our ‘separate & unequal’ issues. So let’s see how that goes. Let’s hope for action on DADT sooner rather than later. And as we always say things will get better. They might not, but either way the best thing to do is just make out and wait for the next joke.
EDUCATION REFORM:What’s wrong with our schools? [T]he rest of the world has become so much more complex. Knowledge alone is not enough. Children know this. They hunger for active involvement in the learning process. Even though the teachers do not intend this to happen, the passivity of their methods causes students to turn away from commitment to the classroom. (@huffpo)
MARRIAGE EQUALITY IN MAINE: Stand for Marriage Maine, one of the groups rallying against gay marriage, is knowingly providing misinformation in their newest ad campaign. Those who made the commercial said the line in the advertisement is not meant to be taken literally. Instead, it’s meant to imply that, in their opinion, if schools currently teach about family life and marriage, discussions about same-sex marriage would likely be included. (@wmtw)
HILLARY CLINTON: How Hillary can serve women now. In addition to calling for the recognition of the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict, the resolution asks for action against the use of rape as a tactic of war. It calls for the special protection of women and girls and notes, for the first time, that rape can constitute a war crime, a crime against humanity, or even a constituent act with respect to genocide. (@dailybeast)
THE RIGHT WING: GOPers can be swayed on gay marriage A powerful and well-produced commercial can make even hardwired Republicans more sympathetic to the cause of marriage equality, according to a new study.