This is a day when we rightly honor those who have sacrificed their lives so we are able to fight for our full inclusion in the American promise of liberty and justice for all. Just as those aligned against us have every right to pursue their nefarious ends, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO FIGHT BACK. The question is, do we have the necessary courage and are we willing to sacrifice whatever may be required. We are fortunate that our lives will probably not be required. What will be asked of us is probably no more than the willingness to step out of our comfort zones among our families, friends, at work, and on the street. ...and money. Political battles in America today require money.
Eric Miller is planning on spending $8 million on the campaign to approve the marriage ban amendment to the Indiana constitution. Some of this money will come from wealthy right-wing Christians, but much of it will be sacrificial donations of $100 or $1,000 from working class people who believe enough in their cause, flawed as it is, to give up a meal or two at MCL or a rinse and dye at Hairdo Heaven.
So we need to be tougher, more determined, and more willing to sacrifice so that an All-American athlete at Rose Hulman in Indiana will someday feel just as free as Andrew Goldstein to step out without fear and show the bigots the true face of our community.