Reason Three: History
We missed the opportunity to build a broader coalition of support among minorities. We needed to make the case that this is a battle for ALL of our civil rights.
Like the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, a Holocaust survivor, famously said:
"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
Well, in California they were coming for the Gays. And California Voters didn’t speak up.
New Years Resolution: We need to speak up about the history of minority oppression, and successfully make the case that when ANY minority is denied their rights, it's bad for ALL minorities.
Or, In the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., in his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," April 16, 1963:
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.