I am this close (thumb and forefinger are about 4 mm apart) to abandoning the fight for gay equality.
Corporations are now afforded the rights of individuals.
SCOTUS yesterday ruled that corporations can pretty much buy elections, and since the big money corporations are the oil and insurance and financial companies, they will support Republicans that will vote to prevent progressive energy and health policy and to overturn Obama's restrictions on banks. These same Republican legislators will vote against any equality legislation, so the LGBT community is screwed.
President Obama turned his back on us during the first year of his presidency, and now that Scott Brown has been elected the Republicans can really be the party of "No." "No" to equality (along with any other progressive legislation).
Corporations are not individuals, they do not vote, why, pray tell, are they now treated as individuals with the same right to free speech that a person has?
Heck, they have more rights than I do! They can already marry (they call it merger) and I can't even do that!
Why waste my time fighting for that which is unattainable?
It looks like we will just have to wait until all the old bigots die before we begin to see change, and that may take a decade or two.
The worst Supreme Court decision since the Dred-Scott decision, this has been called. Alan Grayson is fighting back. But even if his legislation is passed, the corporations can buy votes to overturn the laws. This screws everybody. While Republican legislators seem pleased for the most part, and conservative pundits seem to like it, some day this will come back to bite them.
In the meantime, damn. Good-bye, democracy.
But, in reality, I wonder what the effect will be. Unions and such progressive corporations as Microsoft and Google might buy Democrat wins, so it might balance out. Time will tell.
Update: Sign Alan Grayson's petition to Save Democracy, click here.
To visit Alan Grayson's web site, click here.