50th: Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.
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13 October 2004
I sat home all morning yesterday, waiting for the promised coverage by CSPAN2 of the Marriage Caravan's rally in Washington, D.C. But it never came. Instead I heard debates in the Senate about several important bills (I think I love Sen. Harkin), but nothing about the message my friends had gone to Washington to give.
The marriage caravan reached its destination and held the informational rally in the nation's capitol (though denied permission to hold it on the mall, where it would draw a larger audience), but the television audience may never know it.
I have followed the journals of the riders on the bus daily, and the coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle and Planet Out as they have taken their stories to the heartland of America. In many places they encountered people who admitted they had never (knowingly) met a gay person before.
This week I interviewed Peter Lichtenfels, who is directing The Laramie Project at the University later this month. Though he was not speaking to the marriage caravan, he expressed beautifully why it's important for these marriage activists to do this:
I read a journal somewhere this week which referred to the writer's town being "taken over by Arabs." Because of fear, the writer had laid a preconceived stereotype on all of an ethnic group, without bothering to get to know them as individuals.
So this is what the marriage caravan is doing. It is putting a face on those gay families that people dismiss as "immoral." It is telling the stories, the effects that the marriage ban has on their lives. It tells the audience that they are just like other people.
In the SF Chronicle this morning, Rona Marech talked about Ellen:
(It's important to note, parenthetically, that Shelly was also the daughter's parent for most of her life, until the daughter married a conservative Christian who disapproved of her family and moved her to the midwest).
Rev. Helen Carroll, who is riding the bus, told the story of one of the other riders:
Rev. John Millspaugh talked about Sgt. Frank:
The Chronicle continued Frank's story:
Shelly always sums it up so nicely. She says "I'm sure there some out there who don't like me. I'm also sure there some out there that I don't like. But when I don't like someone, I don't invite them to my birthday party--I don't try to take away their civil rights."
This week in California, the gay couples who were married in San Francisco were told by California Attorney General Bill Lockyear that removal of their marriage licenses and denying them all of the rights and privilege of married couples does not violate their civil rights.
And I'm still waiting for CSPAN to give them a voice.
Website of the Day
Enough of this politics jazz. Check out this site for some cool animation.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Ellen and Shelly speaking in Akron, Ohio