The most exciting post-8 development is definitely the protests. As a friend of Jon Rauch writes:
The battle now is purely one in the culture. Against every instinct of our framers, we now have to fight for our rights (or this one, at least) in the political arena itself. That means the protests are the leading edge now, not the courts.
And Rauch writes:
The civil-rights model tried to separate marriage from the political process, because we didn’t have nearly enough straight support to win. That left our opponents with the political field to themselves while we busied ourselves in the courts. Not any more. We now have enough straight allies to win, long-term, in the political arena.
To judge from the protests, that’s where we’ll be going. Goodbye Thurgood Marshall, hello Martin Luther King. Goodbye Lambda Legal, hello ACT-UP.
This Saturday, at November 15, at 1:30 p.m. EST / 10:30 a.m. PST, will be the first nationwide protest against Proposition 8. Box Turtle Bulletin has links for cities nationwide, and there’s more info at Join The Impact. I plan to be at the Portland protest.
(Tell your friends. Post the link. Make it huge.)
I think these protests are potentially a huge deal. I’m not at all against using the courts for marriage equality; in fact, I think the court decisions, despite all the setbacks, have put progress into overdrive. Remember when civil unions were the radical, extremist approach, rather than the moderate approach that even Sarah Palin publicly says she supports?
But the courts aren’t the be-all and end-all. There’s also legislation (which people have been pursuing), and now there’s street activism. Which fucking rocks.
I’ll see you there. Right?