i completely respect, understand and empathize with people feeling hurt and betrayed, especially with the open wound of prop 8. this must feel like the proverbial salt in said wound. i think that this perhaps was not given careful enough consideration. yes, it is just the opening prayer, but it is also starting off the commencement with the voice of oppression of a population that are feeling tired of being the ones that people disregard. obama is reaching out to one group while slighting another and the one he is slighting is the group who could really use the support right now. yes, the conservative christian right might feel excluded but that is a self-imposed exclusion that results from their choices and beliefs and close mindedness. the lgbt community feels excluded because they are marginalized and denied equal rights by others, specifically the group of "others" that obama is reaching out to. they are tired of being the acceptably oppressed and feel beyond slighted that a major voice of that oppression has been given a national stage.
but maybe it should have a national stage. not because the position is legitimate and needs to be heard so that it is accepted and practiced but maybe it needs a national stage because we need to take our heads out of the sand and stop pretending that the gay rights movement is san francisco's problem. the lbgt community and it's supporters need to capitalize on the passion and momentum that the passage of prop 8 has sparked. it has caught the attention of the nation and voices are being raised on both sides of the aisle. it is about time that this groups' fight for equality was played out, loudly, on the national stage. this appointment not only brings the opposition to the table but it raises the country's awareness of this opposition and of the fact that we should be confronting it and dialogging about it. everything i know of barack obama suggests that this was at least in part his intention.
i think i support both sides not only because i think both sides are valid but also because there are 2 valid sides that are confronting each other on a national stage, in the media, on the internet, and this choice has sparked debate with 2 legitimate points of view that are not easily dismissed or even easily assigned to one end of the political spectrum or the other. i sense the coming of the true lgbt revolution, the last stand for gay rights. now is the time that we fight until the end - this is the ball being set in motion and picking up speed. this is us being equipped with further ammunition, further will and determination as unfolds before us a clearer opposition and a broader base of support.