Box Turtle Bulletin's Jim Burroway has a post up today that will literally make you want to stand up and cheer. He suffered through the Family Impact Summit held in Tampa, Florida recently and describes an incident that stuck out. It shows all of us the importance of stating your own truth and challenging the rhetoric of the right wing extremists.
...But it mostly went like this: we're all prone to mental illnesses and physical diseases, we've all been abused as children, we're all substance abusers, and we don't really want marriage because we don't want it to interfere with our promiscuity...
After the panelists had their say (after about an hour of this, I might add), the "town hall meeting" was finally opened up to questions from the floor. And the second questioner, a brave young woman wearing a red tee-shirt, was a stunner:
Hi. My names is Cathy James and I would like to challenge all of the individuals here listening today to really take a look at some of the rationale and some of the comments that speakers have given in regard to things such as ...why government gets involved with personal relationships, that is, for the procreation of children. I think as most of the attorneys will tell you, that civil marriage was created for one purpose only, and that was property and how to divide property.
And so I am a lesbian, I live in the Riverview area with my partner of thirteen years and our son who is seven. And I go to work Monday through Friday and attend church weekly, I volunteer at the school, I volunteer at the homeowners association. And what I have a hard time understanding is why you are interested in keeping a legal framework from us in being able to handle the same things as heterosexual couples and such things as visitation, and hospital.... And how to divide our property in the same way, and how to parent our child?
The stunned silence was amazing.
Click thru to read the rest of the story and see how the fundies try to counter logic with more rhetoric.