Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

This Is Our Moment. Are You In?

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

This Is Our Moment. Are You In?

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"WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE CALIFORNIA MARRIAGE DECISION CAME DOWN?" Years from now we may be carbon-dating ourselves with that question, just as we used to ask "Where were you on the night of the Stonewall rebellion?"

That's how big this moment is for us. You may not think you care about marriage. But come on. Can't you feel how profoundly this changes your world? For the first time--barring a legal stay that's unforeseen as we go to press--you can get in your car in Florida and drive to California and be married. No hemming and hawing. This is that trip to City Hall you never expected to take. This is marriage. Can you ride back home with a valid marriage license? Not yet. But in two states at least, you're done riding in the back of the bus.

Unless, of course, you don't think this is important enough to fight for.

Because this is where make our stand. Pro and con, Americans sense that the California supreme court's decision is the tipping point. If it stands, nothing will stop our march to full equality. If it falls, we suffer our most humiliating setback to date. Our extremely well-organized and well-financed enemies are already working to overturn the court's decision. …

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