Gay and lesbian couples in Oregon suffered a setback at year's end when a federal judge in Portland, in response to an appeal by an anti-gay religious coalition, delayed implementation of the state's new domestic partnership act for at least a month. Hundreds of gays and lesbians protested, but blogger Kristin Flickinger on BlueOregon saw it as a teaching opportunity.
"This legal pause is but a gasp, uttered by those fearful of the LGBT community as they realize that the march of history is toward an uncomfortable equality," she wrote. "This gasp is heard around the country, from the mouths of the same fearful people. ... While we wait for the court's ruling, as we have so many times before, we can take the opportunity to work toward a lasting victory. ...
"Now is the time to talk with those we know about what equal rights mean for our families, about how we are personally affected by the historic legislation passed during the 2007 session. Now is the time to talk with our neighbors about their gardens and our schools and the importance of health care. Now is the time to help those who act out of fear to understand that we are human - not almost human, not similarly or separately human, but fully human."
To all of which The EYE can only add, "Amen."