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Anti-Prop 8 rally — San Francisco 11/15/08

Posted by kelliasworld on November 16, 2008

Here is my story that was at the top of the 11/15 KPFA Evening Newscast. I collected a lot of tape that could not be used in the story because of time considerations. Also my colleague Glenn Reeder collected tape at the simultaneous Oakland rally and I have permission to use is a longer work about the protests. These rallies were in two cities among 80 from Boston to San Diego that were held to protest anti-gay measures passed in California, Arizona and Florida on Nov. 4th.

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2 Responses to “Anti-Prop 8 rally — San Francisco 11/15/08”

  1. The U.S. government crossed a VERY serious line with PROP 8. This “proposition” threatened children’s sense of safety and belongingness in California. Children’s safety. Regardless of THIS particular fight, there are way too many fights on way too many fronts for us to conquer piecemeal. The Time is Now – DRAW A NEW LINE in the sand and demand from President Obama and our representatives FULL EQUALITY.

    Equality Is Simple When You Simply Include Everybody. What? Not detailed enough for the lawyers?

    OK, we can list repealing DOMA, repealing DADT, include transgender in the ENDA Bill, allow adoption of abandoned children, equality in immigration issues, recognize our hate crimes as such, equal family/children rights……….whew! See what I mean?

    We are EQUAL SOULS in HUMAN BODIES. Could we please STOP discriminating due to the genitalia attached? Plumbing will determine each civil right?! Any separation from the pack is ultimately due to gender (and/or gender roles & stereotyping), and that is SEXISM. I cannot marry Bob because I am the “wrong” gender; if I were a woman I could marry Bob. SEXISM.

    And I cannot stress ENOUGH how my own suffering from Marriage Inequality is NOT the reason for wanting or needing equality. I am not something to focus on. But my story, and the stories of countless other Americans desperately need to be addressed in this civil rights struggle. Marriage laws were put in place many years ago in order to PROTECT individuals and their FAMILIES; if they were NOT necessary they would not exist (for heterosexuals). When these laws are NOT in place for ALL OF US, horrible, horrible suffering occurs. My WEBSITE has many examples.

    So Americans want to continue denying us what they have already deemed as essential. And many people want us to WAIT…2….5……10…….20……..30 YEARS, depending on the “civil right”, for what WAS and IS our birthright.

    I personally have a HUGE problem with that. I cannot wait. I will not wait.

    Will you join me on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, and help me inform the government that WE are eager to be included in the federal tax base as soon as THEY include us in society’s laws? My 5-year-old students could understand this concept: EQUAL = EQUAL

    As Americans can’t we agree that there are MANY other important issues to address (like the Economy, Education, Health Care, Poverty & Homelessness, Iraq/Afghanistan…all of these are related), and solving THOSE problems is more urgent than having “Equality Issues” TIE UP THE COURTS for another 30+ years? We will NOT go away.

    You keep procreating; we keep popping out. Sorry.

    Our representatives have spent years inventing 4-letter words (DOMA, DADT) to restrict us, deny us, demoralize us, and harm our beloved families and children. Enough is enough.

    NO MORE. NO MORE.

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    The National Equality Tax Protest
    – Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 –
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  2. kelliasworld said

    The government was not behind Prop 8. The government, in the forms of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome, SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the California Supreme Court, the legislators who voted for Assemblyman, and now State Senator-elect Mark Leno’s equality bills and the cities and counties that are joining in lawsuits against Prop 8 are on the right side. (Of course, there are some government people, like Gov. Arnold S., who vetoed Leno’s bill twice, who are wrong). Prop 8 passed mostly because of undue influence by certain churches, particularly the Mormon Church and the Catholic Church. (But not all churches were for Prop 8. The United Council of Churches, an organization of 10 Christian denominations, is against Prop 8).

    Providing stability and security for children is an important issue and the Arizona initiative against adoptions by singles or unmarried couples, straight as well as gay, is shortsighted. Leaving children to languish in foster care because there aren’t married hetero couples willing to adopt them, and closing out the other options shows that for some people, pushing married heterosexism is more important than child welfare.

    But children are not the sum total of this movement for equality. Equal protection of the laws is what matters. It defines our legal system and how we function as a supposedly democratic society. And it affects people without children as well as people with. (Taxation, property, and immigration issues are just three of the areas were we see the need for all couples to receive equal protection of the laws).

    I disagree with your statement that “Marriage laws were put in place many years ago in order to PROTECT individuals and their FAMILIES;” Marriage was an invention of patriarchy that allowed men to determine who their children were so property could be passed to them and only to them. (see, Friedrich Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State).

    One of the forms of discrimination we have yet to deal with is discrimination against childless adults whether gay or straight, single or coupled. I am a childless single as are most of my friends and we have experienced discrimination in getting various forms of economic support from government, from food, to health care, to job placement, because of the attitude that resources are limited so they must go first to children who are “innocent” and “the future”. Single adults, especially men, are supposed to be able to do for themselves. But in an economic system that does not employ all and does not pay all who are employed decent wages, this is not the case.

    Defeating the paradigm of scarcity in this world will go a long way to achieving equality. We would have plenty to go around for children and adults if we weren’t spending on things like war and corporate bailouts.

    The movement for marriage equality has already outgrown the issue of same-sex marriage. As an equality movement, period, I think its next task is to take on this paradigm of scarcity and the resulting inequalities in all forms that it creates.

    I saw a sign at the rally that read partial rights = partial taxation. You are welcome to send me an editorial further detailing The National Equality Tax Protest. Include URLs.

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