Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Scott Terry's Prop 8 Project

Terry created an amazing sculpture, using yeson8 campaign signs.  It is absolutely poignant and must be seen.





When the religious right campaigned to repeal the right of California gays and lesbians to marry, I was silent.  It's not that I didn't care or was uninterested...I just didn't care enough to get involved.  I don't ever see myself getting married, so I did not join the fight.


That was a mistake.  


So while I did not voice my opinions or feel alarmed at the potential for California voters to feel strongly enough about gay marriage to amend the state constitution, I do have a really short fuse when people take their religious dogma out of their respective churches and expect everyone else to 
adopt it.  I get even more impatient with the "it's the way it's always been" argument.  I mean, get real.  If we lived by the way it's always been, we'd still believe in slavery and child labor.  


This art piece is my late entry into the argument and an apology for my earlier 
silence.


On December 5th, 2008 when I first envisioned the creation of this piece, I sent an email to the ProtectMarriage group, inquiring where I might obtain some YesOn8 lawn signs.  Here's the text of that email:


Me:  "Hi.  I need some YesOn8 lawn signs.  Can you tell me where I could get 
them?"


The ProtectMarriage folks reply:  "Your best option would be visiting your 
local church.  They might have some leftover from the campaign."


Powerful message, I think. [source]