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An Utter but Not Complete Failure

Filed By Ed Team | July 28, 2009 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Quote of the Day
Tags: California, California marriage equality, Prop. 8, unite the fight

"Whatever you believe the reason to be, the Leadership Summit on Sunday was an utter failure. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. . . .

"But the Leadership Summit wasn't a complete failure. It illuminated many facts about the state of our community."

--Unite the Fight, on the California Marriage Equality Leadership Summit

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I was hoping someone would catch that.

"Utter" in my mind, is a failure brought to the highest degree. But was it "complete?"


Many people had many different expectations of the Summit, but I think one in common was some sort of next steps for our community, some sort of path to take. That didn't happen. At all. So in that sense, the Summit was an utter failure.

It wasn't a complete failure in that nothing good came out of it, because something good did come out of it. It illuminated the underlying problems plaguing are community, allowing us, hopefully, to address them; however, that wasn't the goal of the Summit.

I'm not a pessimist. Anyone who knows me or reads my blog can vouch for that. This post was my most negative post ever, which I state. Negative in that it points out all of our problems. Positive in that it gives us something to work on.

Trust in order to heal. Respect each other in order to listen. Trust our leadership again so we can unite. Learn in order to move on.