OK, so I'm a bit run down at the moment, which might be affecting my judgement. I have also read the news online: Never a good idea if one wants to prevent a rant from forming. Nonetheless, I may just pull a Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" if I hear any of the following...one...more...time:
1) "You should just be patient. Change takes time. Remember the Civil Rights movements?"
Uh huh. And, can we not learn from the past and hence reduce the amount of time that change takes?
P.S. Would you still be advocating patience if I were to revoke the rights that you have (and take for granted)? Didn't think so.
2) "We should totally vote on issues like marriage for same sex couples."
Hmmm. Should we do that before or after we vote on marriage for opposite sex couples? Should we do that even though we live in a representative democracy and a nation with a constitution (things that, respectively, are designed to represent the populace but still protect the civil rights of minority groups)?
Must the existence of online polls asking people "what they think" be carte blanche for folks to decide the fate of others even though what they "feel" or "believe" is not factual or informed?!
3) "Gay rights are just not important right now. We need economic bailouts, immigration reform, healthcare reform, and an end to the various wars we're fighting first."
My favorite. You are totally right.
I've never seen lesbian and gay folks negatively affected by immigration law (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/immigration-gay-iranian-seeks-us-asylum-faces-deportation/story?id=10865471).
I can't imagine that the lack of marriage equality could possibly harm the health or economic viability of lesbian and gay families (http://www.nclrights.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_Greene_v_SonomaCounty041910).
And, absolutely, wars have nothing to do with gay people whatsoever (insert entirely too many "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" articles here).
I apologize in advance for the tone of this post. By virtue of my current profession, I'm usually tirelessly diplomatic and accepting of varied viewpoints. Not today. Today I'm just tired.