Nathan Strang

NN10: Marriage equality panel minutes

Filed By Nathan Strang | July 22, 2010 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Netroots Nation, NOM

Sudbay, sudbay sudbay sudbay.... sudbay sudbay.. sudbay sudbay bink. Bink bink bink. Michael cra...bink sudbay....

IMG_20100722_112817.jpgOh! And Joe Sudbay said Bilerico! I thought the idea of a moderator was a to moderate and not to steal the show... Poor Michael Crawford was scuttled till the end, the last five minutes were the meatiest when he FINALLY got a chance to talk about his amazing reactivity to the NOM tour and the tactics they're taking to stop the hate in their tracks... literally. I was pretty bummed, I showed up to hear Michael; he's amazingly successful right now and his time to shine was dimmed by an endless rant from the guys who failed. Shoutout to Julia Rosen, she's pretty awesome too and didn't even get a chance to say much either.

I think this panel shows we're still stuck on bruised egos and still a bit confused about what it means to be proactive, reactive, and when to close a chapter and move on to the next chance to save marriage. Sudbay vetted this post in the end when he closed with "this was very therapeutic for me." there there...

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Michael is an amazing activist and organizer. I think we could all learn a lot from him!

Michelle Marzullo Michelle Marzullo | July 22, 2010 6:28 PM

what's nn10? and what was this event? for those like me who are constantly trying to catch up! ;)

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | July 22, 2010 6:29 PM

Thanks Nate!

I've learned quite a bit over the last couple of years from Adam, Jesse, Joe, and Julia. The online campaign they ran in Maine is the prototype for the kind of online campaigns we need to be running going forward. I'm glad they're on our side.

We'll win marriage back in Maine and we will win in the 45 states were gays can't currently marry. And, we're going to repeal the damn Defense of Marriage Act.

I don't know why campaigning is such an issue. The gay community had great success with the 1978 Briggs campaign. Everything that we need to know was pioneered at this time. Then, as Harvey Milk predicted, the moderates got hold of things and we have been losing since.

This was written after the prop 8 disaster in 2008, and makes some very good points: