Wow. I'm torn on this one. Gay Recruiters, a Bloomington-based gay rights group, is planning a protest on July 2nd. The group says the sit-in is being held to condemn a possible constitutional ban on same-sex marriage or civil unions.
Gay Recruiters is a Bloomington based advocacy group for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. It is planning an event that it's calling a Marriage Counter Sit-In for Equality on July 2 in the Monroe County Justice Building. A rally is to occur simultaneously outside the justice building.
Group founder Lillie Aydt says the goal of the demonstration is to prevent legislation similar to California's Proposition 8 outlawing same sex marriage.
My history with direct action protests and my belief in grassroots actions leads me to cheer these folks on. Queer visibility is a powerful tool in our arsenal.
My political side, however, automatically zeroes in on the fact that the group's protest is being held at a time when there won't be an amendment to consider. While an amendment was recently introduced in the legislature's special session, it'll never see the light of day while lawmakers argue about their main priority - passing a state budget. Plus, holding a sit-in at the Justice Building can easily get morphed into, "Queers want same-sex marriage rights" by the media instead of "Queers protest a possible amendment to ban same-sex marriage." One is offensive, while the other is defensive.
Any opinions on the sit-in? Helpful, harmful or just plain harmless?