In The Battle For Gay Marriage In New York Whats The HRC and The Task Force Doing? NOT MUCH!

I for one have never really gotten behind the whole “state by state” battle for gay marriage and personally would have preferred a more federal courts movement from the beginning.  (Mostly because State by State will take FOREVER and lets face it, at this rate by the time the majority of States get on board most of us will be long gone.  But that’s the strategy that has been laid out by “Gay Inc”.  State by Sate until enough States adopt gay marriage and the rest will follow. (UGH!)  So while I don’t agree with it I do believe that if you are to battle this way you MUST FIGHT TO WIN.  Because if you don’t and we can’t succeed on a smaller scale it makes our movement look weak and one that has little backing.  And if we can;t win the States how will we NEVER be able to topple DOMA through Congress.

So hear we are.  Gay marriage in California has been hung up for years now and Iowa is in danger of losing it.  But one of the biggest battles we have right now is the State of New York, which you would think would be a slam dunk, except for the fact that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., the Senate’s most vociferous opponent of marriage equality, has gathered a coalition of anti-gay lawmakers and groups such as the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which is pumping MILLIONS of dollars in cash, print ads, and commercials to rally bigots not only in New York but across the country to stand against gay marriage in New York.

So whats the LGBT Communities two biggest National Gay Advocacy Groups doing to help battle Diaz, NOM, and the other anti-gay groups who are fighting against marriage equality in New York State?

NOT MUCH.

The Human Rights Campaign homepage states:

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans……… HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.

To be fair, HRC has “partnered” New Yorkers United for Marriage – the umbrella group HRC and several LGBT organizations launched to win marriage equality including the  Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry, Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans and Marriage Equality New York and have made a commercial and ad featuring a lesbian couple from NewYork (lesbians are less offensive it seems)who, after 29 years together, are fighting for the right to legally say “I do.”  and they do have their Celebrity “New Yorkers For Marriage Equality Campaign”  but do they really think that Fran Dreiscger, Julianne Moore, and Ethan Hawke saying that they believe in marriage equality can battle the lies and the use of hate and fear that Ruben Diaz and NOM uses?  Is this really the BEST that the HRC,  which rakes in well over 25 Million dollars a year in donations can do?  A few celebrity commercials, NO print ads, NO public responses to the blatant and hateful lies of anti-gay marriage groups, and  NO FIGHT?  Is this what we should expect from the United States’ largest LGBT advocacy group that claims more than 750,000 members and supporters?  Oh but never fear fellow second class citizens the HRC  are selling T-Shirts for $27.00 a pop to raise money for themselves (NOT specifivally for the NY Marriage Equality Campaign) and will be having an HRC Scavenger Hunt and  throwing a fabulous Mission: Marriage Equality New York After Party on May 21st.

And what of “The Task Force”? (aka. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) What the hell is their TASK?  Go to their website and you will find not one thing about the gay marriage battle that’s being fought in New York.  “The Task Force” says that one of their goals “is to build a diverse pool of skilled leaders and activists” but how can they do that when they are not activists and leaders themselves?  (Although I am sure that Rea Carey has no problem leading herself to the bank yo receive her $217,582.00 a year salary.)

These are our tow biggest National LGBT Organizations and this is what they do. Is it a wonder we are getting nowhere fast and our fight is so hard?

Until Gay Inc. climbs down off its money grubbing, corporate high horse and gets into the trenches and starts to fight.  I mean REALLY FIGHT for our Equality we basically are screwed.

They should be ashamed of themselves and we should be ashamed of ourselves for enabling them to have become like this.

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Will Kohler

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3 thoughts on “In The Battle For Gay Marriage In New York Whats The HRC and The Task Force Doing? NOT MUCH!”

  1. As disgusting as it is, in New York State and in other places,the right wing hate groups appear to have more money and are better at spreading their disgusting message. Most people will continue to vote for candidates that tell you what to be afraid of and who to demonize because they speak loudly under the guise of religious "family values"

  2. Well, it's June, and it's been passed. It's a sign of progress. 10 years ago, one would have wondered if this would ever become legal in NYC.

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