I went to the Castro theater last night with friends to watch “Milk,” starring Sean Penn, based on the true life story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office.
It was profound to be sitting there right in the district where this movement was created. I had to keep holding back tears all night because I am so present to how far we have come and how much further we have to go. It amazes me that right before this film came out, Californians passed Prop 8, now being called by many of us, Prop Hate, excluding people in the homesexual community from their human rights and dignity.
I am continuously appalled by those who claim to have some ownership of what family values are–these same people who have abysmal records at making “marriage” work. Some of my very best examples of what is possible in the realm of deep, loving and long-lasting realtionships are my friends in the gay community.
Even the Bible says, “…And the greatest of these is Love.” And yet somehow, people (especially “religious” people) seem to think there is an asterik at the end of that sentence that excludes certain people from being allowed to love one another and be acknowledged with the same rights as others for their love.
I have watched too many dear friends suffer because of our closed-mindedness. Gay rights are human rights. And the greatest of these is love. I pray and will work for the day when Prop hate is abolished and every state in the US recognizes the equal rights of ALL people to love, honor, and cherish one another.