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"What's so important about local races? I don't care about marriage! I don't care about things happening in another state. I don't understand why I should support local causes when we can apply a band-aid to D.C. and everything will instantly be all better--bye bye boo-boos!
"After all, the laws that are made in Washington apply to all of the states. Better to win it there and get ENDA and marriage everywhere at once, than to get a patchwork piecemeal system of unequal competing laws."
If this rings true with you, you're absolutely 100% correct! Passing bills that guarantee our rights through DC would automatically give us equality all over the nation--case closed. The only problem is, I can't name a single law that was passed out of both houses of congress and signed by the president that expressly benefits LGBT people. That's because there are none. We've spent 40 years and millions--if not billions--of dollars working DC, and the only laws we've seen passed that mention us are two that make us even more second-class citizens: the Defense of Marriage Act and Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Our biggest DC victory was stopping the discriminatory Constitutional Marriage Protection Amendment. Seriously. Our biggest DC victory was not actually a real win, but avoiding a huge defeat. DC is a money pit and a hole. We can't stop working it hard, but its time we propose a new strategy.
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