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This was posted on the blog dailykos.com back in February (and reprinted today) by a poster named MAJeff:

 

A Gay Apology

 

We're sorry that our donation of resources such as time, energy, money and skills to the Democratic Party had such an impact in detracting from the Democrats' courageous stands against No Child Let Behind, the PATRIOT Act, the invasion of Iraq, Medicare reform, and Bush's budget busting tax cuts. We should have realized this and stayed out of the Party.

 

We're sorry for the timing of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Courts ruling. We should have done a better job of scheduling their calendar. Also, when the couples suing the Commonwealth, with the assistance of Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, filed their suit, we should have foreseen 9-11, the War on Terror, the invasion of Iraq and the extending jobless recovery.

 

We're sorry our sexual orientation makes some of you uncomfortable. Your comfort should be our paramount concern. We really need to stop make silly demands about being included if it's going to make other people uneasy.

 

We're sorry our demands to have our families treated equally offends some of you. Of course, we should have realized that your families are superior to ours. We don't really need equality. Separate institutions that leave you in superior positions, like civil unions, should have been fine with us.

 

We're sorry that our selfish concern with issues that affect our lives stands in the way of addressing important issues.

 

We're sorry that our intrusion into the cultural sphere has brought such awful programming as Will and Grace, Queer as Folk, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and Angels in America to your television screens. We shouldn't have interfered with such quality programming as Married by America, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancée and the Janet/Justin halftime show.

 

We're truly sorry for these things, and for any other ways we've made your lives difficult. We should have realized over the past couple decades that by pushing for changes that would positively affect us, we'd be destroying the country.

 

Please accept our sincerest apologies.

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Could we wallow a little more please?

 

The Repiglicans didn't get where they are today by crying and whining and bitching (granted they did all those, but that isn't why they won.)

 

The Repiglicans went little victory by little victory.

 

They modeled their tactics after....the NAACP (shocking I know, but hasn't the white man always stolen the best ideas from the black man?)

 

When pushing for civil rights, they went for the small stuff first and set precedents before going after the big stuff. They slowly but surely made equality an inevitability.

 

But what did the queers do? We went for the big time without taking the time to make the baby steps. Oh sure, we did some of what we needed to. Look at how many companies began offering partner benefits. Look at how many municipalities now offer them.

 

Civil unions in Vermont was a big step, but while it pissed the Krischun Reich off, and the Reichwing of the Repiglican Party, it seemed to grow out of what had come before.

 

What we SHOULD have done was ensure civil unions in all states before going for gay marriage. We should have ensured the rights of gays to adopt, and to have rights to their children and their partner's children. Instead, we took a gignatic LEAP into gay marriage and promptly had our asses handed to us by Karl Rove and His Fradulent Incompetency.

 

We should have done what the Repiglicans did. What they're still doing. When will we learn?

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>What we SHOULD have done was ensure civil unions in all states

>before going for gay marriage.

 

Right, and Rosa Parks should have settled for the right to sit in the next-to-last seat on the bus, instead of having the nerve to demand the right to sit wherever she wanted.

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"What we SHOULD have done was ensure civil unions in all states before going for gay marriage. We should have ensured the rights of gays to adopt, and to have rights to their children and their partner's children. Instead, we took a gignatic LEAP into gay marriage and promptly had our asses handed to us by Karl Rove and His Fradulent Incompetency."

 

The ONLY reason WE took a Gigantic Leap into gay marriage, was in response to GWB's Gigantic Leap into calling for an anathemetic abridgement of basic human rights via an amendment to the Constitution!!!!!!! :-(

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>The ONLY reason WE took a Gigantic Leap into gay marriage, was

>in response to GWB's Gigantic Leap into calling for an

>anathemetic abridgement of basic human rights via an amendment

>to the Constitution!!!!!!! :-(

 

I may be confused here but didn't we get on the gay marriage bandwagon first and shrub's reaction to it was the amendment? Correct me if I'm wrong.

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Um, no. His Fradulent Incompetency backed the gay marriage Amendment which came about as a response to the Massachusetts ruling on gay marriage. It should not have been a surprise. After DOMA was signed (by the last successful and competent President) in response to Hawaii's attempt at civil unions.

 

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The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA is a federal law of the United States passed by Congress and signed by former President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. The law provides:

 

* First, it allows each state (or similar political division in the United States) to recognize or deny any marriage-like relationship between persons of the same sex which has been recognized in another state.

* Second, it explicitly recognizes for purposes of federal law that marriage as "a legal union of one man and one woman as husband and wife" and by stating that spouse "refers only to a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife."

 

Congressional proponents assert authority to enact the law under the Full Faith and Credit clause of the United States Constitution with the purpose to normalize heterosexual marriage on a federal level and permit each state to decide for itself whether or not to recognize "same-sex unions" if other states did recognize same-sex unions. Thirty-eight states have enacted laws denying the recognition of same-sex unions, which is the same number of states needed to amend the United States Constitution.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_of_Marriage_Act

 

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Rick, what Rosa Parks did was one woman standing up top the injustice of her time and she should be forever remembered as the hero that she is. BUT, had people like Thurgood Marshall not already laid the groundwork for civil rights, it might never have happened. We were warned. (see above)

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