Hero of the week: Dan Savage
A huge shout-out to writer and gay rights activist Dan Savage, who, in the aftermath of the passage of Prop 8 and numerous other anti-gay rights ballot measures last week, has been on a media blitz. On Tuesday, Savage talked to Steven Colbert (and gave the man a run for is money in the funny stakes), and two days ago he had an op-ed in the New York Times that made a very strong case against Arkansas' new measure, which will forbid gay couples to adopt.
His column points out the contradiction of the "pro-family" stance, as well as suggesting unsettling implications for those same-sex couples who have already adopted:
"But good times or bad, no movement that would turn away qualified parents and condemn children to a broken foster care system should be considered 'pro-family.'
Most ominous, once “pro-family” groups start arguing that gay couples are unfit to raise children we might adopt, how long before they argue that we’re unfit to raise those we’ve already adopted? If lesbian couples are unfit to care for foster children, are they fit to care for their own biological children?"
I have enormous respect for Mr. Savage. He's been adamant and passionate, yet incredibly composed and well-spoken, in the face of legislation that must be breaking his heart (and the hearts of his husband and adopted son). Huge props to Dan Savage, our hero of the week.