How morally correct is it to continually badger Democrats until they agree that marriage equality is the right thing? Are we really changing hearts and minds or are they simply changing their opinion to get the press off of their backs?
For the past few days The Huffington Post has put the pictures of the Democratic Senators who oppose marriage equality on their front page. I’m a lesbian – and I found this to be offensive. I don’t want someone to change their vote to get the press off of their back – I want them to change their vote because they believe it’s the right thing to do. I want them to vote for equality because they know in their hearts it’s what is right and just for every American. I want them to vote their conscience – I want them to vote what they believe. They should not be bullied into voting a certain way –
These Senators may have been bullied into their vote – but if they still look at gays and lesbians and think: Fags and Dykes – ick… then you have accomplished nothing. If anything – they may be even more entrenched in their homophobia and in that – we haven’t gained any ground at all – we’ve actually lost ground.
Is it only about their vote – or is it about changing hearts and minds? I can guarantee you that to bully someone into doing what you want will not change their mind. We may get their vote, but they will never respect us or care about our well-being or think of us as anything but a bully.
Personally – I’d rather have their respect. If I have their respect – there is always a chance I can change their heart and their mind
I don’t want to have to bully my way into equality – I want equality because it’s the right and just thing for every American. To bully our way into anything makes us no better than – well – you know who you are…