Join World Can’t Wait at the National Equality March: No Common Ground with Christian Fascists: LGBT Rights NOW

World Can’t Wait proudly endorses the LGBT Equality March on Washington D.C. on October 10/11. We support the just demand for marriage equality for gay and lesbian partners and repeal of the “Defense of Marriage Act.” 

 

We further support the right to adopt children and an end to work place discrimination; strengthening hate crime legislation; and demand an end to ripping families apart due to ICE’s (Immigration Control & Enforcement) refusal to recognize gay couples.

 

We support repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  But we oppose anyone enlisting in the military now, when they will contribute to the unjust, illegitimate, immoral wars and occupations.  No one should want to be a part of the military that is torturing, raping, massacring, and destroying the villages of people all over the Middle East, in wars based on lies.

The battle over same-sex marriage is part of fierce contention over the whole direction of U.S. society. Real progressive change happens when the people take independent action in their own interests, outside the confines of government. Whatever rights gays and lesbians have today, whatever rights blacks and minorities have, whatever rights women have, whatever civil liberties and civil rights the people have, were obtained only through mass political action in the streets, and deep debate within civil institutions.

Recent protests against Proposition 8 in California, and the toppling of gay marriage bans in other states were righteous, and need to be built upon. We who protested in the days and weeks following Prop 8’s passage were not waiting to see if the government would give them their rights. Rather, we were in the streets to wrench rights from the hands of a system that has long marginalized LGBT people, brutalized them, and treated them as second-class citizens.

President Obama speaks of the need for common ground with the very people who put Prop 8 on the ballot. He refuses to support gay marriage and instead expanded faith-based initiatives and endorsed the “Defense of Marriage Act.”  Insulting all of us, he invited Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, who told his tens of thousands of followers to support Prop 8, to give his Inaugural invocation.  Conciliating with the theocrats behind attacks on gay marriage will not only lead to further hate and oppression of LGBT people, but brings closer the society they seek, where laws would be based on their interpretation of the Christian Bible.

 
These outrages must be opposed and resisted head on. We must not cede more ground to religious fanatics who will not stop until LGBT people are shoved back into the closet and/or criminalized or killed, women no longer have the right to an abortion or even birth control, and Muslims and undocumented workers are detained and deported.

Your government does not want what you want. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn -- or be forced -- to accept.

We will not wait our turn. We will not shut up and be quiet. We will not turn our backs on the people. We will increase our numbers and our conviction and we will take on the hate-mongers and defeat them. We choose to make common cause with the world’s people by extending a hand to those suffering from these policies and by showing our solidarity in word and in deed. Join with us in bringing the message: No common ground with Christian fascists: LGBT rights NOW!  And let’s unite around stopping the crimes of our government here and around the world.