The Truth Has Power
I’ve been in the ballroom of the Portland, Maine Holiday Inn twice in my life. Once was in 2009, when Mainers voted to rescind the marriage equality bill that had been signed into law. The second time was November 6, 2012, when Mainers affirmed, through the ballot, that all adult citizens should have the freedom to marry. What a difference three years makes!
The ballot is no one’s first choice – it is a costly and arduous way to go and we don’t like voting on people’s rights – but if we have no choice, we will go there. Whether we get to marriage – or to any equality goal – by litigation, legislation, or by ballot – the key is to have honest and respectful conversations with our neighbors, friends, and fellow citizens about our lives.
This has been the way we have passed legislation for transgender rights, have protected our family relationships, and promoted protections for HIV positive people and LGBTQ youth. The truth has power, and in all cases will ultimately overcome the fear and deception our opponents peddle.
We have a lot of work ahead of us in 2013 – working to pass gender identity nondiscrimination protections in New Hampshire and completing our work on the transgender rights law in Massachusetts, overturning DOMA, working for full marriage equality in Rhode Island, and litigating on behalf of LGBT and HIV+ people in all six New England states. After this year’s inspiring election season, we are ready to go.
This post is excerpted from the GLAD 2013 Winter Briefs. You can read more about GLAD’s recent work here.