Richard Rosendall in Bay Windows:
We know where this is going, right? Well, it is going there – but covertly. Strangely, he actually calls out the Marriage Derangement Syndrome crowd for being unwilling to accept incrementalism on their diesired legal nugget.
If you are an all-or-nothing purist but your state doesn’t have marriage equality, maybe you should look around and try a different approach.
The covert message, however, preceded that sentence.
The District of Columbia’s 1992 domestic partnership law, far from blocking the path to marriage equality, helped lay the groundwork for it.
Overt message: 19 years is okay to wait for gay marriage.
Subliminal message: 19+ years must therefore be okay to wait for trans-inclusion in civil rights legislation while gays and lesbians grow bloated at the civil rights feast.
Fact: Where trans-inclusion is concerned incfrementalism is a lie – always has been, always will be. And the mirages that the trans-inclusion incrementalists will point to in order to prove their point in reality prove exactly the opposite.
- California – 4 years.
- Rhode Island – 6 years.
Putting aside DC (which, because of the murky “personal appearance” clause, may have covered us long before “gender identity” was added specifically), if the ‘promised land’ end of incrementalism doesn’t materialize within six years of a gay-only “sexual orientation” front-pay grab, then “gender identity” is not going to materialize until after gays get more of what they want – namely civil unions or gay marriage.
- New Jersey – “civil unions” in 2006; statutory “gender identity” concurrently.
- Vermont – “civil unions” in 2000; “gender identity” in 2007.
And that’s pretty much it.
- New Hampshire?
- New York?
And I won’t even mention Wisconsin’s 29-years-and-counting (albeit sans gay marriage.)
I won’t. I really won’t.
Decisions have consequences. LGBT activists collectively decided three years ago to oppose a non-transgender-inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Instead of blaming others for ENDA being stalled, let’s get on with the work of organizing, electioneering, and lobbying.
Decisions have consequences? So does deception.
More stealth bullshit – implications (1) that the gay-only ENDA that was never going to become law with Dubya in the White House somehow failed because most non-DC, non-Gay, Inc. LGBT people wanted a legitimate ENDA, and that (2) “others” somehow didn’t cause ENDA to die multiple deaths. (Complaining about “blaming others”? Pot? Meet black.)