Democrats Grow A Pair!
I don’t often talk politics in this space, but the announcement that hit the wire yesterday was too big for me to ignore. As sources told Politico, a drafting session by members of the party responsible for drafting the official party platform have included language in support of Equal Marriage Rights. Openly gay, married, retiring Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts reportedly said the vote was unanimous. This is a tremendously big deal for me, and not only because I identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, but also because I grew up in the Southeastern United States and have seen the lingering effects of willful discrimination all my life.
As I’ve detailed in other posts, I grew up mostly in Central Alabama and Eastern/Central Florida. Although a day’s drive apart, the two environments are like living in different worlds. Alabama, specifically the Montgomery area, has never recovered from the animosity that erupted following the bus strikes precipitated by Rosa Parks being too tired to move from her seat. Very large segments of the city remain segregated, not by any official government enforcement, but by socio-economic forces beyond the control of anybody holding public office. Communities that were forced to isolate decades ago remain steadfast areas of bonded communities; neighbors grow up in the same houses in which their parents grew up, going back generations. Upwards and sideways mobility are both limited in that city. Were it not for the military base and separate support station, there would be little to no economic growth in that area at all.
The result of large swaths of racially concentrated communities is that hatred, persecution, and bigotry is still very much alive. I grew up with people who had been raised to believe that anybody who’s melanin concentration was high must be inferior and thus should welcome active persecution. I knew it wasn’t right or proper then, and I’ve known that the exact same treatment being delivered to non-heteronormative people over the past forever has also been neither right nor proper.
The Democratic Party is taking steps to ensure that the same disapproval given to racial segregation and mistreatment will finally be afforded to non-heteronormative people. While the United States is far behind our neighbour to the north, Canada, as remains even further from European countries such as Holland, where in 2005 one man entered into a civil union with two women simultaneously. Nevertheless, this is a step in the right direction, and it gives me hope.
Incidentally, this is somewhat related to my planned post for yesterday that was eventually scrapped. The only thing I have to say regarding that is, while I still plan on boycotting, at least I can make the sandwich at home if I so choose.
Stay SINful, friends.