Berry Craig: The zeal of bigots like Davis is fueled, at least in part, by their fear of a future that will not be theirs. They fret over an America that has become more tolerant, diverse and pluralistic. Prejudice is on the wane, even in Bible Belt states like Kentucky.
Irene Monroe: I now wonder, with more of us LGBTQ revelers and onlookers with children and dogs vacationing in P’Town each summer, have we integrated or assimilated too far into mainstream society?
Carl Matthes: The time has come for America to embrace all of its children, to protect its children, to facilitate loving homes and provide safe schools for its children.
John Peeler: There is nothing more threatening to white Americans than young black men. We have always been a country created by whites and for whites: hence the Tea Party slogan after the election of Barack Obama, “We want our country back!”
Carl Matthes: It’s so encouraging – and beyond my imagination of just a few years ago – to see lesbians and gay men proud to be lining up for marriage licenses in big cities, small towns, and rural communities.
Carl Matthes: The fight to advance and protect voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, women’s health and the right to choose, immigration rights, and lgbt rights, is intensifying.
Randy Shaw: While progressives debate whether President Obama could have used his “bully pulpit” to overcome GOP opposition to reviving the nation’s economy, let’s accept that in 2013-14 activists can more effectively address economic justice measures at the state level.
Tina Dupuy: But as long as Republicans don’t stand for anything other than freedom for corporations, they will need to find a group of people to be their boogeyman.
Rev. Jim Nelson: It is okay for faith traditions to discriminate and believe what they want, but not to insist that their beliefs be public policy. The case against same sex marriage is prejudice pure and simple and that has no place in our civil and social society.
Rev. Dr. Jim Nelson: I am sick and tired and I hope you are too. This is what I want to ask of everyone here today: if you have a gun, or guns, in your home, get rid of them. Take them to the police and have them decommissioned. Get rid of them.
Randy Shaw: Activists are in far better spirits than one year ago. Progressives see that the public is on their side, and, unlike in the aftermath of the 2008 elections, are staying engaged in the major policy struggles that elections are supposed to be all about.
Carl Matthes: If the Supreme Court refuses to hear the Prop 8 case, legal same-sex marriage will return to California
Irene Monroe: Americans’ acceptance of marriage equality showed its approval, of all places, at the ballot box. Both Maryland and Maine are the first states in which voters decided to legalize same-sex marriage.