After Question 1 passed in Maine yesterday, outlawing same-sex marriage, I felt a renewed urge to update the Queer Rhetoric Project’s marriage equality section. Long-time activist David Mixner helps start off the additions with a new essay “Enough, No More, Enough” responding to the news from Maine.
Also, as I highlighted yesterday on the site’s Twitter feed, I find myself looking back to last year’s GLAAD Media Award-winning statement by Kieth Olbermann “Gay Marriage is a Question of Love.” (snip.queerrhetoric.com/love). Discussing that speech with my argumentation students today, I continue to find his eloquent analogy with anti-interracial marriage laws — ” The parents of the President-Elect of the United States couldn’t have married in nearly one third of the states of the country their son grew up to lead.” — somewhat heartening to the extent that we really have come a long way in a single lifetime.
Finally, I continue to add to the Proposition 8 section. I hope to have a sizable collection of texts up within the next few weeks. Recent additions include Prop 8: The Musical and the pro-gay statement published by a Silicon Valley leaders.
I hope these texts can help us learn from the past and remain hopeful for the future.