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Walk for Truth Takes a 'Leap of Faith' Before Final Rally on Friday

Truth Walkers in Oregon City experience a 'Leap of Faith' for gender justice, while Bush drafts gay-bashers for his war on the planet.
On their last night before arriving in Portland, the Walkers for Truth, Justice, and Community spent the evening at the Episcopal Church in Oregon City, experiencing a Leap of Faith. Leap of Faith is an interactive play created by Act for Change as a way for people to explore the issues embedded into the battle for 'gay marriage'.
Based on the drama school known as Theater of the Oppressed, Leap of Faith tells a simple story of the damage to close personal relationships that occurs when a lesbian couple decide to get a Multnomah County marriage license, after a close encounter with a medical emergency . They are motivated by their love, and also by lack of health coverage for both partners and the simple ability to be there for each other in a medical situation. The play begins with the couple receiving support from a church friend at the hospital. It ends with this relationship rupturing over religious dogma around marriage.
Leap of Faith is played straight through one time for the audience to get the story line. It takes about 15 minutes. Then the play is re-done, with audience members encouraged to yell 'stop' at any point. If you yell stop, you make an intervention, and must play the role in a new way to create a different outcome. For example, when a nurse prevents one woman from seeing her partner in the hospital because she was not a 'family member', audience people replayed the role of the barred woman - saying she was a sister, saying she had doctor-certified permission. Others re-played the role of nurse, allowing the woman in as a 'sister-in-law'. Each intervention is discussed and analyzed with the crowd and with the actors.
It's a great game, tremendous fun, and also a weapon of struggle, allowing oppressed people to examine real situations and explore strategies for resistance.
The Rural Organizing Project, a sponsor for the Walk for Truth, was formed in the early 1990's to oppose the anti-gay ballot measures of the Oregon Citizens Alliance. The ROP has continually sought to connect the dots between the fight for gender justice and the fight against racism, economic injustice, and war. In 2004, George Bush succeeded in making those links crystal -clear. The Bush campaign 'nationalized' the issue of gay-bashing by engineering anti-gay marriage ballot measures in eight states and seeking to grand-stand with a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. Most agree that this strategy provided the margin to allow the Republicans to at least fake a victory in the election. Thus allowing Bush and Co to continue their real agenda of putting the country on a permanent war footing, diverting billions to corporate defense contractors, trashing the environment, the bill of rights and international law. Could a connection between the fight for gay rights and the fight for peace and democracy be any clearer?
YOU CAN JOIN THE WALK FOR TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND COMMUNITY TOMORROW, JUNE 17, AT 12 NOON, IN WESTMORELAND PARK, CORNER OF SE MCGLOUGHLIN AND BYBEE. MARCH TO SENATOR GORDON SMITH'S OFFICE FOR A RALLY BEGINNING AT 4 PM. SMITH'S OFFICE IS AT SW 2ND & SALMON STREET, WORLD TRADE CENTER, DOWNTOWN PORTLAND. BRING THE TROOPS HOME, STOP THE TORTURE, FUND HUMAN NEEDS, NOT GLOBAL WAR.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO www.rop.org
Mike Edera

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Why was it a pair of homosexual women instead of homosexual men? 17.Jun.2005 11:25

Glen, for the KBOO HOMO CAUCUS theKnownUniverse@yahooo.com

Men comprise two-thirds of the sexual minority community. A lesbian couple is less representative, or--- WHOOPS ! ---could it just be that all this same-sex marriage business is primarily a women's issue ... one that homos, or fags if you prefer, have been dragged into to the detriment of more practical issues like money, formal power and tenure.
. . . I am not the only homo who is more concerned about workplace issues. And First Amendment issues. And taking head on the issue of All-American Christian fascist hegemonism, backed by unreported and unpunished vigilante violence.
. . . We were not made (relatively more) free by the Nice People in pressed suits who were obsessed with respectability in their regimented, timid and totally ineffective actions before June 27th 1969.
. . . At Stonewall it was it was at least ninety percent homo men who fought, literally, against officially mandated vigilante aggression. They were the in-your-face people who transcended shame, who insisted that their sexuality--not their equvocally labelled 'life-style'--was what they wnated to display, in public and out loud.
. . . And after Stonewall things we liked, and liked to do, in the way we like to do them, became possible. Without shame, without apology, and without any pretense of trying to look, sound and act to the specification of the oppressor group.
. . . There really was an enormous intimacy amongst homomen at the bathhouses in the 1970s, in their after sex conversations, which were made confidential since, like those agonizing twelve step evangelism meetings, they were on a first-name anonymous basis.
. . . I always thought the way to put homo intimate partnerships on the same footing as hetero intimate partnerships was, first, a contractual exchange, in writing, with language identical to a contract of civil marriage, followed by a suit for divorce. The legal precedents for marriage would have to be used.
. . . Why should contractual relationships between hetero couples bear the religeous label "marriage". Why not just propose that marriage indeed be recognised as a sacred relationship, defined by religious stricture; and recoginse civil contracts of that kind for both heteros and homos as 'civil couplings', or some such language. The state would thereby cease and desist to subsidise religious advertising.
. . . Having trashed virtually all self described Christians above, I would like to cite favourably the Episcopal Church: where workplace issues--career advancement through an institutional process called ordination and sometimes enthronement as Bishop (yes that is the language they use)--were given precedence over domestic issues. The 'Counting House' was not mage to grovel before the 'Meeting House'.
. . . For lesbians to declare to that all homos, two thirds of whom are males, must pursue our legitimatewly shared common goals through their obsession with "marriage" is like George Walker Bush's declaration that, as Americans, "We Speak With One Voice". We don't. The tail is wagging the dog. The horse is shacked behind the cart.

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