The National Equality March is scheduled for Sunday October 11 in Washington, DC — and friends, it doesn’t take a psychic to predict that this is going to be big. Equality under the law, promised by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, has been a long time coming for same-sex couples. But marriage equality is coming. It’s here in states like Iowa and Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It’s coming in states like Maine and New York and California. As generations change and minds open, marriage equality is on its way, but its arrival is not guaranteed. That goal will be achieved when enough gay, lesbian and straight Americans stand up visibly to say that they’ve had enough of the anti-gay bigotry in this country, to call on the politicians who are followers in the 50 statehouses and the U.S. Capitol and the White House to join their more courageous colleagues in bringing discrimination under the law to an end.
If you pay attention, you can hear voices of same-sex couples and their straight allies rising as it comes into all our minds: this is it. This is the time to for all of us who care to get together in a big way in a big place and make that stand. And now that time has a date to it: October 11, 2009.
That’s not enough to end discrimination in policy against gay and lesbian people and couples. To end discrimination under law, the law has to change. That’s why I’m encouraged that this march is being paired with an effort to connect people in their congressional districts for local efforts. Here where I live in the 1st District of Maine, that will include contacting Rep. Chellie Pingree and encouraging her to take a more active role as a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus. It will also include organizing in support of the retention of Maine’s new marriage equality law, a law that was passed by the legislature this spring but that is being challenged on the ballot this fall.
A huge national march on Washington will grab Americans’ attention and embolden waffling politicians; sustained pressure on national and state governments will help those waffling politicians to do the right thing and change discriminatory policy.
Click here to register your intention to attend the National Equality March on October 11; while you’re doing this select the option that will get you involved in local congressional district activism, too.