November 11th, 2008 By | News | Posted In: Public Policy, Social Justice

Equal Marriage


No, this isn’t an effort to get men to scrub toilets, women to wash cars or any other such stereotypical complaint about equality in a marriage. It’s about busting up another stereotype – that only heterosexuals can live in a long-term, committed relationship.

“A protest in favor of equal marriage will occur at Cincinnati's City Hall on Saturday, November 15 at 1:30 p.m.,” according to a press release from Xavier University. “Local students, activists and community members lead this event as part of a day of national protests in reaction to the passage of Proposition 8 in California, re-banning equal marriage in that state.”

The surprising communication from a Catholic school with a religious philosophy that lumps same-sex relationships as a sin but it doesn’t include the usual boilerplate message about the mission and focus of the University.

It notes that the local effort “is being organized by Cameron Tolle, a junior at Xavier University and vice president of the Xavier LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, queer/questioning) Alliance in conjunction with students from Miami University, the University of Cincinnati and some community members.”

"Last week, voters in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas allowed hate to infiltrate into our political system and classified the LGBTQ community as second-class citizens," Tolle says. "We cannot sit back and watch this happen. We have to let our communities know that we oppose hatred under the law in all forms. In Ohio, we live in a state that has already declared inequality by banning equal marriage and failing to include crimes against LGBTQ individuals under state hate crime laws. We cannot let this hatred under the law perpetuate any further."

The goal is to “create a national movement and create awareness for the effect that anti-gay legislation has on the local community.” The Cincinnati protest will occur in conjunction with other groups across the U.S. as part of an initiative launched by JoinTheImpact.com.

“JoinTheImpact.com is a national initiative created in reaction to the anger felt by many who believe in equal marriage rights after the passage of California's Proposition 8,” says the press release. “It is a loose coalition of activists and organizations who seek to bring positive change in the fight for equality. The movement, less than a week old, is drawing hundreds of thousands of hits a day to its websites. Almost 40 localities have announced protests in correlation with the initiative. More are expected to join in the coming week.”

Considering what grassroots activists have been able to accomplish in the past few years, this looks like an effort worth watching in the coming months.

11.11.2008 at 12:22 Reply
Margo, You well know I have a one-track mind, and that track is the War on Drugs and how it is insanity. But even I will have to admit that, if the WOD is insanity, then for anybody to think they should have the right to tell someone else WHO they may put into their body, is insanity squared.


11.12.2008 at 12:46 Reply
Thought for the Day: in 2008, 40 years after the murder of an American Civil Rights Leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., a majority of all Americans have elected our first African-American President. However, also in 2008, members of the GLBT communities throughout this great nation are denied basic civil rights to marry, except in the states of Mass. and Conn. The year 2009 will mark 40 years after the watershed New York Stonewall Riots. What will the American GLBT communities--of all colors, religions, political pursuations, and enthicities--get at that time? It seems, more of what we "got" in 1969: discrimination, recrimination, hatred, and violence. When will American GLBT communities get their opportunity promised by the Constitution and its 14th Amendment?


11.13.2008 at 12:53 Reply
Gay marriage is one thing — a ban on it is ludicrous, but I guess I can understand (and completely disagree with) people's misguided intentions — but a gay adoption ban is out-of-control insanity. Everyone who voted for a gay adoption ban should be forced to adopt at least one child. My hope is that the generational shift towards tolerance will make all of this anti-gay sentiment seem ridiculous in a few years. Bigots will die eventually.