I’m thrilled that we seem to be in the midst of the cyclical “2 steps forward” to equal rights. It’s exciting. It’s totally invigorating to get email after email and tweet after tweet about the legislative and judicial gains in California, Washington, New Jersey and Maryland. But I’m a wimp. My excitement is tempered by the backlash that will inevitably occur. A governor here will veto it (oh, wait, he just did). A religious group there will force it to statewide vote. And ohhhh, that’s where it stings. To date, no vote has ever ended favorably for LGBT rights, and hey, I’d much rather live in my happy little bubble where the people *I* know are accepting and welcoming and amazing allies.
I know that historically, civil rights issues haven’t been won by popular vote – they’ve been won through the judicial process. But the Pollyanna in me would love to see the people make the statement that equal rights are just right. I know it’ll happen eventually. And when you consider that homosexuality was actually illegal in 13 states until The Supremes ruled on Lawrence v. Texas in 2003 (2003!!) we sure have come a long way, baby. But there’s oh so much left to do.