Friday, August 10, 2007

Inch by Inch

My cable system doesn't get LOGO, the gay cable station, so I wasn't able to watch the HRC sponsored debate with the leading Democratic candidates, but I did read about it.

To my mind, the most important thing about the debate is that it happened at all. Ten years ago, when Ellen DiGeneris coming out made the cover of TIME magazine, it would have been unthinkable that the leading Democratic candidates would have participated in such a forum. Of course, it's still unthinkable that the Republican candidates would.

From what I've gleaned, Senators Obama, Clinton, and Edwards are all for legal rights, but none is willing to embrace the idea of marriage equality. I'm going to send all three campaigns a copy of our "Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Marriage Equality" so that perhaps they can quickly understand why marriage is so important. Yes, I know that Dennis Kucinich and Senator Gravel support marriage equality, but I think it is critical this year to have a candidate who might actually win. (Maybe I'm just too old...I did vote for John Anderson back in 1980.)

As the debate went on, the ELCA continued to debate whether non-celibate ministers could retain their ordinations...and apparently continued to do so all of today as well. You'd never know that from the official ELCA web site which has NO news about any of this, but Goodsoil does. I'll post as soon as I know something. Regardless of the outcome, the fact that the ELCA is seriously engaging the issue is progress as well.

We're not there yet, but surely progress is being seems like every day.

1 comment:

ElhananWinchester said...

Greetings, Debra; I don't think it is your age that keeps you from endorsing Kucinich. I applaud you for not doing so, in light of your earlier thoughts on the problems of endorsements by religiuos leaders. I think as religious progressives ponder voting for Kucinich and maybe working for his campaign, they illustrate some of the many problems of endorsement. He is clearly the purest in terms of ideology. AND, he's not going to be nominated or elected. So, I could work in his campaign and alienate the people who are going to get the nomination (by people, I mean the people down on the ground in my state working for Edwards, Obama, and Clinton). Or, I could endorse one of them and compromise. OR, I can as a religious leader get involved in speaking in the public square about issues faith oriented sexuality policies.