All of us at PFLAG work hard, every day, to ensure that every member of our family is embraced and respected. We are in hundreds of communities across the country, and we know that our families are diverse, and include people of many different racial, religious, ethnic and gender-variant backgrounds. And we recognize that, in order to achieve full equality for everyone, we must all come together as a movement for change.
In the days following the passage of Proposition 8, we have been alarmed, and dismayed, by some of the rhetoric on both sides of the issue of marriage equality. While we understand and feel the horrible pain of having our rights and the rights of our children and loved ones eliminated, we reject the deplorable displays of racism, especially, against the African-American and Latino communities, that have taken place at some Proposition 8 protests. Such behavior is beneath us, and does nothing to move equality forward for our families. Promulgating prejudice against others only divides our community and is not an answer to fighting the discrimination we face ourselves.
We have many allies in the African-American and Latino communities. The late Coretta Scott King, a civil rights icon, stood with us in our fight for full marriage equality. And Mildred Loving, who broke down barriers faced by inter-racial couples in our country, spoke out about the sanctity of our relationships, too. Many members of many communities have made our own movement stronger, and we must respect their legacies, too, which are dishonored by the events in California over the past few days.
PFLAG’s vision of creating a society in which we celebrate diversity is one that is shared across cultures. We know that we all must do much more in partnership within communities of color to achieve our common goals.
As we move forward and work to reverse the discriminatory policies and laws that create second-class citizenship for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, we must also work to bring together, and not tear apart, everyone who believes in the dignity of every person. California, our community and our country are better than what we have seen and heard in the news and on the streets. Two wrongs do not make a right, and we must stand together as one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all once more.