How I’d Fix One Simple Debate

Look at this:

Last week the department said that, per the Obama Administration’s statement that the government must still enforce DOMA until it is repealed, it would be business as usual and deportations should continue.

LGBT rights groups were quick to condemn the move and it now seems their voices are being echoed by legislators.

And this:

Equality California, the major gay rights organization, is looking into whether or not it will push for a pro-gay marriage ballot measure sometime very soon, probably 2012.

And this:

Governor Deval Patrick nominated Barbara A. Lenk to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday, choosing an openly gay appellate judge who wed her partner following the high court’s landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

If confirmed, Lenk would be the first openly gay member of the Massachusetts high court and just one of a handful of openly gay state supreme court justices in the country, according to gay rights advocates.

Most issues are won or lost by marketing. Here’s my advice: stop saying “gay rights”. I think we’ve all learned that most people don’t mind trampling a few “rights” every once in a while. Most people see giving someone a “right” as taking something away from someone else (usually themselves). Like those crazy people that think if gays have the right to marry, their wife and baby will explode. Instead, call it “gay freedoms”. Who can argue with freedom?

You: “I think all gay people have rights to love who they want.”
Someone else: “Pft, it’s not a right. Screw them.”


You: “I think all gay people should have the freedom to love who they want.”
Someone else: “Yeah I don’t think they should have that freedom.”
You: “What do you have against freedom? You hate America!”


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