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Enough with the Finger Pointing at Ourselves

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

Questioning or being skeptical of our campaign over protesting the opposition and the fact that our rights were taken away is the argument that our opposition makes.  And some in the gay community are trying to say the same thing.

Doing so — while complaining that our anger is misdirected — suggests that putting this on the ballot was OK. We have to make people aware of the injustice that was done and not just retreat within the walls of our community for a round of finger pointing. The quality of our campaign is somewhat irrelevant considering that in a fair world we would not have needed a campaign at all.

Of course we need to review our campaign and learn from it.  But it’s not helpful to try to lay the blame for our defeat squarely on the shoulders of the groups who led our fight.

This was my response to Queerty, which says in a post:

We’ve been calling for gay leadership to be more responsive to the community, so this is a great first step, but you’ll have to forgive Queerty if he’s a bit skeptical. The message from the No on 8 campaign since the election has been “This was the Mormon’s fault, not ours. Do not question our tactics. Questioning us means you want to divide the community. 

If you lose a football game, you can sit around blaming the other team or you can look at what you need to improve so you can defeat them next time. 

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