I'm usually not the most political person, but when the president wants Congress to pass laws based on what he "believes," and a certain Supreme Court decision brings nut-jobs out from under their rocks to run for spots in my local government, well, I just might go vote or something.
Before I moved here I e-mailed the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, & Transgendered Life on campus and asked if they had a bulletin board for people who had rooms to rent (I was really thinking in the e-age). They wrote back no, but that they could sign me up for a listserv (this was the first time I ever heard of such a thing) and I could send out a message asking about a room. This is how I got my first digs here, a room in a veternarian's house.
I'm still signed up for the listserv but it rarely provides me with anything useful. But the other day I got two messages that I have saved. The first let everyone know that two virulently anti-gay people are running for the city council. One candidate is against same-sex partner benefits because gays spread disease. The other candidate talks about rightousness.
The second message was from someone else and gave the dates of the primary and the election, and added that since this is an off-year most people probably won't vote. I plan to.
Something I read on-line today gave statistics about polls on general people's attitudes towards gays. Their attitudes have gotten worse since the Supreme Court ruling on sodomy laws. Something I read years ago stated that educated liberal straight people really weren't all that open-minded, and they didn't mind knowing that there were gays out there in theory, but move in next door, and boy, you better look out. And the conservative fundamentalists, well, they were always first to grab the torches and pitchforks anyway.
I think these two local crusaders were inspired by the Supreme Court ruling. So "they" got support at the federal level, do they? Well, we'll just hit 'em where they live. Literally. The first e-mail went on to say that the candidate who talks about rightousness had never even bothered to register to vote until he filed the papers to be a candidate. That was on Friday, July 25. When was that court ruling passed down? Oh. June 26. Well, it probably took him that long to read the paper.