Sunday, April 12, 2009
New Republic assistant editor notes that some gay organizations may say "mission accomplished"
James Kirchick, an assistant editor of the New Republic, has an interesting column to lead off the Outlook section of the Easter Sunday Washington Post, “Are Gay Activists Too Wedded to the Cause?” link here. The welcome page for the Post online Sunday morning offered the whimsical link name, "Should gay activists quit the cause?"
The organization Love Makes a Family, originally formed to promote the capability for gays to adopt children in Connecticut, and then civil unions and finally full gay marriage rights in that state, will close its doors at the end of 2009. Mission accomplished, maybe. Here is its announcement.
On the other hand, MassEquality still goes strong for the indefinite future. It’s web page this morning reads “Victory in Vermont.”
The article seems to be naïve in assuming that it will be easy to repeal “don’t ask don’t tell” for gays in the military and pass ENDA (the Employment Non-Discrimination Act) because of widespread popular support among younger adult Americans. The “can” of DADT right now is still getting kicked down the road. I don't think that the repeal of the military ban is easy at all. Just ask SLDN. And the ban still has implications for the rest of us.
I recall some time around 1980 that the Dallas Gay Alliance predicted that some day it would just be a social organization. Little did it know then what was just around the corner. Take nothing for granted!