Thanks Keltic Daniel and Tdogg for the reminder - I get used to talking about this among us and forget that others don't have the information we have. I remember that I had to learn about the lack of legal protections for LGBT individuals and couples, actually first learned about it in a college class! If it hadn't happened then, I don't know how long it would have been before I found out how lack of legal protection impacts people every day.
Now, I think there is a call to action somewhere in here. Right now, culture is saturated with screaming debate about Gay Marriage This Gay Marriage That, but it's all sound bites - noise bites. Screaming. The middle-road people we want to reach and bring over to support our "side" aren't hearing facts, they're hearing noise. As this liberal, educated, cultured man at the party demonstrates. I wish I had been more clear about what same-sex couples are lacking by not having legal protections, but I know I communicated *some,* and it was enough to convince him that our argument is a valid one based on fairness.
So what can we do to reach people? Can we do some kind of letter-writing? To what audience? Letters to the editor? Submissions to magazines? Something else?
Anyone wanna brainstorm??? I'm not a good idea person, but I'm a good writer if someone else has ideas. . . hint, hint.