A Word In Edgewise: Conjugating Equality


Present. Past. Future. Not only verbs but concepts are defined in time. Consider these:

Barack Obama – Present 

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths–that all of us are created equal–is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall…

“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law–for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer – Past Imperfect

“Homosexuals do not have a constitutional right to engage in sodomy… It’s absurd in the extreme, it’s ridiculous, it’s ludicrous for homosexuals to claim that they have some kind of constitutional right to engage in sexually deviant behavior.”

“All men are created equal, but nobody, nobody, nobody is born gay. Nobody’s born that way!”

Jacob Rudolph, New Jersey high school senior receiving Class Actor award – Future

“Sure I’ve been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I’ve been acting every single day of my life. You see, I’ve been acting as someone I’m not. Most of you see me every day. You see me acting the part of ‘straight’ Jacob, when I am in fact GLBT… I’m not going to do it anymore. It’s time to end the hate in our society and accept the people for who they are regardless of their sex, race, orientation, or whatever else may be holding back love and friendship. So take me, leave me, or move me out of the way. Because I am what I am, and that’s how I’m going to act from now on.”

The Bryan Fischers, their muddled science, irrational thinking, and chauvinism (what about lesbians?) won’t vanish overnight. Hope lies in the young who stand up, speak out, and in the coming generations, that like classmates who gave Rudolph a standing ovation, insist that all of America’s citizens enjoy truly equal rights under the law.



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