It goes without saying that things at The MountainGoat Report have been a little chaotic lately. Infrequent, irregular postings laced with an inordinate number of obscure music video posts and very little original commentary or content—not how Webster's would define it, but certainly there's not a more fitting definition of a blog in chaos. Individual blogs generally reflect the life and personality of the blogger behind them, and in this case it's no different. Chaos.
The constant through the chaos seems to be change—inevitable, consistent, unstoppable. Good or bad, it can't be prevented and resisting it just digs the trench a little deeper.
Thankfully, progress on civil rights is also inevitable. Amid last week's chaos came the good news that in a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court overturned that state's ban on same-sex marriage, the majority opinion equating orientation discrimination to that based on gender and race, the most stringent standard adopted by any state to date.
Upon hearing the news shortly after it became public, notifications via whatever means available went out to the people I care about most and mini-celebrations ensued. The celebrations were quickly tempered by the knowledge that here in Idaho, similar recognition of the fundamental "right to marry" still faces a long, difficult struggle. Even basic protections in employment and housing seem, incredibly, almost quixotic.
As if on cue, just a day after the California news, the “Shake the Nation Conference," with a lineup of highly inflammatory anti-gay speakers in tow, arrived in the Treasure Valley bringing "America's finest front-line warriors" to Idaho for a two day "training session." Evidently the local hate-peddlers weren't peddling enough hate and needed some additional skills training.
The coup de grâce came early this week with the news that Senator Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Serving in the Senate for more than four decades, Senator Kennedy has been a fearless champion for gay rights, most recently working for inclusive hate crimes legislation with the Matthew Shepard Act.
At New West, Jill Kuraitis writes in a tribute to the senior Senator from Massachusetts, "He is the one who lived, and who stays and fights, year after year, for the ideas I believe should be the basis of our government." May he live, stay and fight just a little longer.
Chaos. Change. Patience.