More than 100 people turned out Wednesday for a vigil following the final day of argument on marriage equality before the Supreme Court. It was freezing and rainy/snowy and basically not a fun time – but it was still great. The crowd was diverse, the signs were fun and I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
The disappointing moment(s) of the evening were spurred – somewhat ironically – by allies, three white straight men who used their status as City officials to “occupy” some microphone time at the expense of their opponents in the crowd. This is the abuse of privilege when it most hurts – wielded by those who profess to be strong allies.
Equality is equality. It doesn’t mean you get to be on the podium and silence other candidates – also freezing their tushies off in the bitter cold – because your day-job makes you more equal. It means you play fair and not abuse the entire concept of the event – equality – because you have white straight male privilege and an election to win. It means you WALK THE WALK. Sadly, they took advantage of a powerful piece of LGBTQ history and used it to their own advantage.
This was not about 501c3 status – because where were the female candidates? What about people of color? What about bi and trans speakers weighing in on marriage equality? Is the City only employing straight white men these days? Or electing them?
Frankly, the only straight white man who should have been speaking to the crowd was attorney Sam Hens-Greco (candidate for City Council District 8) because of his extensive experience and training in LGBTQ family law. He was easily the person most likely to provide solid, practical insight – not rhetoric. Thanks for being there, Sam, both at the rally and in the courtroom with so many LGBTQ families.
And thanks to everyone who took time to come down on a wintry March evening to speak out for equality and justice and love.