Queer Town: The Holiday Education of My Dad
I flew back to New Jersey yesterday and on the drive home from Newark International Airport, my Dad and I talked about the Rick Warren controversy and
Prop. 8. My Dad is a political guy, but he still didn't know everything
about why people are so upset about the Prop. 8 loss and Obama's choice
of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the presidential
So as we headed south on the New Jersey Turnpike, I went through the list--a popular vote for the first time in at
least recent memory took away an existing right from people, the
longtime intolerance of religious leaders like Warren against gays, the
horrible and insensitive timing of Obama's choice that shows a certain
kind of tone deafness towards gays and lesbians, the
my-way-or-the-highway attitude by Obama on the Warren controversy,
which is something we've been dealing with as a country for the past 8
years under George Bush. I could see that my Dad was listening closely.
A few hours later, my Dad received some kind email from Michelle Obama
since he gave a decent amount of money to the campaign. He immediately
wrote back, and told Michelle, or whoever will read the email, that the
Warren choice was unacceptable, and gave my reasons why it is
unacceptable. He then asked the Obama administration to somehow get involved in the
repeal of Prop. 8.
Soon after my Dad sent the email, he walked downstairs into our living room and proudly told me what he had done--a casual conversation about Prop.
8, Warren, and Obama had just turned into a one-man write-in movement. I thanked him, and we smiled. It was a good time to be home for the holidays.
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