Monica Roberts

You Can't Declare War On Love

Filed By Monica Roberts | August 05, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Battlestar Galactica, Brother Cavil, marriage equality, Prop 8, Texas, trans issues

When it was on the air, Battlestar Galactica was one of my fave sci-fi shows and I never missed an episode during its four year run. I own all four seasons on DVD, the "Razor" and "The Plan" standalone episodes as well.

bsg_brother cavil the plan.jpgI recently entertained myself on a slow news day by watching "The Plan." The story for you non-BSG fans is that Number One, aka Brother Cavil, hates humanity with a passion. He coordinated along with his fellow Number One avatars the genocidal nuclear sneak attack by the Cylons on the Twelve Colonies that nearly wipes the human race out.

During one scene in it, Brother Cavil is ranting to a Number Six avatar about why his grand plan to exterminate humanity and its remaining 50,000 survivors is failing miserably. Number Six listens, then says to him, "You can't declare war on love."

US constitution.jpgI was thinking about that comment in the wake of yesterday's historic news concerning Prop 8. August 4, 2010, will go down in history as one of those marvelous days in which a marginalized group's flagging faith in the Constitution and their status as citizens in this country was restored, even if only for one fleeting moment in time.

This marriage fight reminds me of that particular Battlestar episode. The gay community takes devastating hits, has had some staggering losses, faces situations in which at times they have been outgunned and overmatched, but yet are still standing and moving towards their ultimate goal of finding marriage equality.

And the Religious Right reminds me of Brother Cavil and the Cylons.

Yes, they have a plan. Their plan is make sure that marriage equality never becomes the law of the land and that the TBLG community remains in permanent second-class citizenship status.

And it ain't working. Not only have the underestimated the resiliency of the GLBT community, but how willing we are to do as Kara Thrace said in another BSG episode, "Fight 'em until we can't."

The Religious Right can't deal with people of the same gender or trans people falling in love and getting married. For specious political and religious reasons they want to prevent that by any means necessary.

They have basically declared war on love.

Gay community, don't forget as you're justifiably celebrating this win, down in my home state we have the Nikki Araguz marriage case percolating at the local level just outside of Houston.

ts-Nikki Araguz1.jpgThat case, just like Perry vs. Schwarzenegger has the potential to become a landmark legal case that will impact how the law treats transgender marriage issues. It also has the potential to overturn the odious Littleton vs. Prange case, and is being handled by one of our community's foremost legal minds in Phyllis Frye.

As your allies, we could definitely use your support in our trans marriage fight. A win for us in the Araguz case strengthens your case as it percolates up through the 9th Circuit and eventually gets to the Supreme Court.

Judge Walker's decision striking down Prop 8 was a masterful take down of legalized bigotry and long overdue. But rest assured, like the Cylons, the faith based haters will be back in overwhelming force to try to overturn Perry vs. Schwarzenegger.

And like Brother Cavil and the Cylons, they will fail once again.

Because not only are they on the wrong side of the moral arc of history, they will lose because you can't declare war on love.


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Interesting analogy, Monica. But what we need is a clear-eyed federal judge, not a Texas state hack. I hope Araguz has the persistence and luck to get this into federal court.

I love that sentiment, Monica. "You can't declare war on love." I'm going to use that line (and reference!) from now on.

But for what it's worth - while Jerame loved BSG, I wasn't a big fan. What do you think of the sequel that came out this/last year? I thought it was worse than the original and Jerame only seems half-hearted about it.

Dr. Jillian...

Just as people assumed the worst (myself included) before Tuesday's ruling after hearing that Judge Walker was a Reagan appointee, do not assume that all Texas judges are nekulturny knuckle dragging right wing idiots.

Yes, we could use a federal court case to make it crystal clear about our marriage rights, but right now what this is the case we have to work with.

Bil...I like Caprica because we're getting to see the BSG colonial cultural backstory and how the Cylons evolved.

Tauron power!

you can't declare war on love... but you can redefine it!

Yeah the Religious Right is going to lose this whole marriage definition fight. But who knows what interesting fights the future will bring? I'm hoping BTG's future remains a fantasy, lol.

And Ale, the best part is they'll spend millions trying to do so.