What Now?

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I'd like to see "marriage" removed from government entirely.

They could do something like give joint tax status for people who sign a partnership contract or something, but the word "marriage" is so besotted with religious trappings it simply needs to be retired to a completely non-legal status.
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I would like to see LGBT people throw all their efforts into restoring VRA.
3
Pass ENDA. what's the use of marriage if you can get fired for being gay?
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Trans-inclusive ENDA for sure.

As far as the VRA goes, I think activists and people can have more than one focus, can put their energy into more than one cause. Anyway, it's silly to think that queer-liberation isn't tied to all people's liberation.
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Destruction of the bourgeois notion of family, period.
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+1 for Trans-inclusive ENDA.
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All good, but I'd also like to see progressives (including gay rights activists) address stuff like the ongoing racial and gender hierarchy in this country, the fact that many of the accomplishments of the 1960s civil rights movement and 1970s women's liberation movements are being systematically dismantled. Obviously, the struggle for LGBT rights is far from over, but given the time and effort many hetero women have put into gay rights, I think it's time to give something back (demanding maternity leave, free daycare, an new ERA, full reproductive rights). And given that racism is still a serious problem plaguing this country, I would like to see some serious talk from the gay rights community about the plight of communities of color and the economic and political framework that makes that possible. I fear one day we're going to wake up and LGBT people are going to be doing pretty well while other minorities languish in even worse conditions. Progress is neither automatic nor inevitable, and we shouldn't assume that full equality will exist when gay rights are enshrined. So after getting this done, remember the rest of the marginalized.
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I’m with #2 ... see Charles Blows ed in today’s NYTimes
9
I don't buy into white euroradicalism/first world marxism/anarchism that implies that prior exclusion means LGBTs can't participate in socially recognized and ratified partnerships, nor do I buy into the anti-individualistic notion of withdrawing choice and mandate from two(+) people because the state! heteronormativity! classist! and such. udah pia taiboo, but my great-grandparents sang love songs across the south so I'm kind of a sap for that romance and cultural ratification of it thing.

I'll defend your right to diss cultural norms you don't share, though! :)
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Also, upvote on Trans*inclusive protections including protecting the voting rights of Trans* people and POC.
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@3: Word. My lez cousin teaches and has gotten so much shit from prejudiced employers simply because she's queer.
12
Gay marriage in Tehran
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@2: I would like to see straight white evangelicals show their support too.
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imagine divorce!
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I'd also love seeing a trans-inclusive version of ENDA- though I like the comment about the VRA as well.
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IMAGWE MORE THAN MARRIAGE
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Put a queer on the moon!
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@ 16 - Tee hee!
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the goal is sexual freedom & gender equality.
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"I'd like to see "marriage" removed from government entirely."

But wait, haven't our Queer Leaders been telling us they weren't redefining marriage? If marriage is so terrible, hows the baby mama business doing?
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"given that racism is still a serious problem plaguing this country, I would like to see some serious talk from the gay rights community about the plight of communities of color"

Is that like opening up a cute little design shop and cafe in the CD?

"other minorities languish in even worse conditions. "

Asians are doing fine. Last census showed they had the highest household income of any group.

So sorry sweetie, what you want is socialism and/or communism, and that's just sooooo gay!
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"Destruction of the bourgeois notion of family, period."

Well, go hang out in 'hoods where baby mamas and non-existent fathers are the norm and tell us how the 'destruction of the bourgeois notion of family' has worked out? Be sure not to flash your iPhone around.
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@21, 22: You keep trying to paint single parentdom as a bad thing. It isn't working.
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"You keep trying to paint single parentdom as a bad thing."

It's not me painting moron, it's the US census. You know, "facts":

"Ninety percent of single-parent families are headed by females. Not surprisingly, single mothers with dependent children have the highest rate of poverty across all demographic groups (Olson & Banyard, 2003). Approximately 60 percent of U.S. children living in mother-only families are impoverished, compared with only 11 percent of two-parent families. The rate of poverty is even higher in African-American single-parent families, in which two out of every three children are poor."
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Let gay people marry. Why should they be the only ones happy?