We need to talk about the events in the Supreme Court (and on the streets and on Facebook) this week — and thanks to singer Katie Goodman and her friends, I finally found a suitable conversation piece to kick things off. The song is subtitled“The Homophobia Song”; I’ll hold off on the title for now, for reasons that will probably be obvious.
Meanwhile, a big shout out, half a day later than Martin Longman’s, to Alan Lowenthal for what I had not thought would be an unprecedented act on Capitol Hill. (And that’s how you know that I’m not talking about gay sex itself.)
Displaying solidarity with gay-marriage advocates on the first day of Supreme Court hearings on the issue, Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has planted the rainbow-striped gay pride flag outside his congressional office, beside the U.S. and California flags.
Lowenthal believes it may be the first time a pride flag has been posted outside a Congress member’s Washington office.
“I am honored to be the first and I am certain I will not be the last,” Lowenthal said.
Each office has fixtures for three flags – one each for the U.S. and state flags, and one for a flag of the lawmaker’s choosing.
Well — boy, howdy! I think that Lowenthal has earned a definite “A” in this class.
(Note: this post is not dedicated to anyone in particular, not even to the occasional OJB commenter whom I suspect suspects that it is dedicated to him.)
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