Longtime gay activist Robin Tyler on marriage and the Dems

Robin is an old friend, she cofounded StopDrLaura.com with me, and she and her wife Diane were the first gay (lesbian) couple married in LA county after marriage became legal in California last year (before it was banned).

I suspect she wrote me this email, below, in response to the news that the Democrats don’t plan on doing anything about repealing DOMA during this session of Congress (meaning, until at least January of 2011).

Should we give up on fighting for marriage equality, because the Democratic Party has broken their word to us? Never.

No civil rights movement has ever said ‘give us less, and we will be satisfied.’ No civil rights movement has ever won without the strength to keep fighting no matter what the loss or setback was at the time. The LGBT community has survived mental institutions, penal institutions, science calling us sick, and religion calling us sinful. We have survived been thrown out of our homes, our schools, and rejected by everyone we knew. But we found each other. And we loved each other. And we supported each other through AIDS, when no one gave a damn. And we refused to be victims. We became survivors, and now, our resilience has made us tougher, stronger, smarter. No, we will not back down from the losses around marriage equality, or any other civil right issue. We deserve it all, and we will not rest until we have it all. That is what a movement is. We keep moving, forward. No retreat, not now, not ever.

Robin Tyler, age 67


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