I happened to be reading this passage from gay historian Martin Duberman’s new memoir ‘Waiting to Land’ when I heard that the Cal. Supremes upheld Prop 8 today. Martin’s entry revisits July 1, 1986, the day the US the Supreme Court decided Bowers v. Hardwick which gave states the right to police pivate relations between consenting gay adults. It was also a time when the Justice Department ruled that employers could fire people with AIDS.
“The best (and possibly only) comfort available at the moment is the ‘long view’-battles are inevitably lost along the route to progressive change. Still, it’s a rough moment.”
Keep the faith, babe.