Despite best intentions, I never did post anything for National Coming Out Day on Saturday. Last Wednesday, Diana and I wandered around the Tufts campus (it's a very nice campus), and found a large number of chalkings about Coming Out Day; apparently they were celebrating it a few days earlier than most. A lot of fun stuff, including a big cannon on campus that I suspect isn't usually painted in rainbow colors. There were also a few odd chalkings that I suspect were intended as support but came out sounding kind of anti-gay. (Like one showing footsteps leading into a closet.)
This week, apparently, is Marriage Protection Week. The Human Rights Campaign has some opposition info. Lady Sisyphus (
The site also provides some interesting same-sex marriage stats for Toronto for June through September.
I'm guessing that the new Canadian laws won't have any particular big effect on marriage as an institution. It'll be interesting to see whether, in five or ten years if marriage is still going strong in Canada, Americans continue to use the "marriage is being attacked" line of argument against gay marriages.
I'm inclined to think that the US isn't really ready for gay marriage, and to feel that activists should wait a little longer before trying to force the issue. On the other hand, the Federal Marriage Amendment is worrisome; certainly waiting too long to force the issue might result in letting that amendment pass. On the other other hand, the FMA people claim that they're pushing for it in reaction to the Massachusetts case (Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health) filed by GLAD.
Mind you, I'm 100% in favor of providing the same legal benefits and protections to same-sex couples as to opposite-sex couples. I'm inclined to think that same-sex marriage will pretty much inevitably become legal in the US in the long run. I'm just not convinced that now is the right time to push hard for it.
But maybe there is no good time; maybe striking while the iron's hot is the best approach. We'll see.