Gay Marriage won't win elections without a Face.
by TruthMatters, Mon Dec 22, 2008 at 07:20:12 AM EST
To me it seems fairly obvious, the reason Prop 8 won was because the Gay Community is not fighting a PR campaign.
Politics, especially elections are nothing but pr campaigns, everything is a staged event to get the voter to vote for them. This is a blog, so most people here are political junkies, do we deny the average voter is most likely a low information voter? Then why is the gay community still trying to fight this out as a we have rights, legal, equality for all argument?
Prop 8 should have had a face.
When I was learning about the Civil Rights in elementary school. It wasn't taught to me as a legal argument, or some intellectual debate about what rights as a democracy our country owed to certain people. No first it was about an old woman who was tired and refused to go to the back of the bus.
The point is not that the Gay community needs a Rosa Parks, but it does need a face. Gay Marriage is nothing but a PR campaign. For a while there were diaries about how blacks voted against Gay marriage and all that hoopla. I ignored all that, but as a Christian I couldn't help but notice is there was no real attempt to understand the issue from the average Christian's point of view. Rick Warren is not the average Christian, James Dobson and Focus on the Family are not the average christian. And like it or not they still out number gay voters, so simply lashing out at people who voted because of it is not productive. They need to vote for it to, and either someone will go to every voter in the country and educate them on the principals of our country and the ideals of our constitution, or we can use the means of the time and get a face.
The Question should be:
Shouldn't gay Americans like Ann and Beth, at least be given legal rights so that they can situation?
By this I mean, The View should have someone asking Elizabeth Hassleback whether Ann and Beth should at least have the legal rights they need for that situation.
She would have two options either say yes, and the country at least begins to admit that Gay Americans at least deserve full equal civil unions (forcing a repeal of the DOMA) or she and conservatives like her say No.
and then what they are really saying is not that we want to protect Marriage, but that they want to deny gay people civil rights.
When there is a face, then its not that Mike Huckabee doesn't want to start down a slippery slope, He is against Ann and Beth being able to have the civil legal right for situation, even if it was just called a civil union, instead of marriage. That would put a Gay marriage PR campaign on the upper footing. They aren't fighting for equality of all Americans, its personal now, its about Ann and Beth. Everyone would be able to see them not as a movement but just as human beings as people, yes, gay people are humans too.
When there is a face, the National media wont be able to ignore it. The MSM loves to gossip, and the perfect face would be surrounded by press attention to the face and the national movement that the face was spurring. But there would be more, something no other civil rights movement has had before, the Internet.
In this new Media Age, surely more could be done to really gain attention to this issue. The problem is, it doesn't seem urgent, its abstract. I fully believe we are at a point where the Country's subconscious knows that we will have full equal marriage rights for all Americans. its simply a matter of time. I also think that a lot of people deep down agree with me, especially those against it. They feel like they are fighting against the tide and that's why they fight so hard. While those who I would expect to fight the hardest against them (my gay friends) seem to also just go "eh, it will happen eventually" A face is the rallying cry.
The catch is to find the perfect face. the perfect gay couple that is facing the perfect situation and then create a PR storm around them. It can't be about arguing to the average christian that in a democracy you have a right to be married. It has to be shown, and it has to be shown how damaging it is that it is denied to them.
The day politicians have that face to sell, I believe is when those Democrats who truly believe gay couples deserve equal rights, but know it won't sell, that's the day you see them stand up and say enough.