Jewish Journal

Prop. 8 on parade: gays on strike

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 11, 2008 | 4:16 pm

Protests against California’s ban on gay marriage aren’t going away any time soon.

Torch just sent me a Facebook page for Gays on Strike. The event, which apparently takes a page from the immigration-reform playbook and is scheduled for Jan. 19, has almost 13,000 confirmed guests. The page makes this appeal:

Homosexuals are officially SECOND CLASS CITIZENS.


In theory:
Why should I pay my taxes?

Taxation without legal representation?

Sounds familiar.

You want to protect families?

: Ban divorce.

Protecting families is a bit different than causing 18,000 of them to be forced apart.

This is a ridiculous thing that has occurred.

Be vocal.

Be loud.

Be angry—- it is our right—until our freedom of speech is taken away too.


If they want to give me SELECTIVE RIGHTS—I am going to pay SELECTIVE TAXES.

If I am not a full American, then where is my Gay Nation that I owe the other half of my soul to? Where is the rest of me that they have ignored and banned from equality? Where does my God given soul find true refuge and citizenship when my own nation thinks I am unworthy of my geographic birth. Where is my home?

This is very important to me. Now is the time. We can’t be quiet any more. We can no longer allow ourselves to be the unseen minority. Something so extreme as having our freedom taken from us—must be met with equally extreme action. I am a believer in our countries founding documents—and NO WHERE does it say “for some”.

It’s not entirely clear what they will be striking from. Work? Shopping? Protests? Well, I’m pretty sure it’s not that last one, and people don’t pay taxes on a daily basis, so you can’t really refuse to pay on Jan. 19. This strike doesn’t exactly sound like a sit-in or plant shutdown, so I’m not sure how it is supposed to persuade.

The planned strike reminded Torch of the “South Park” episode from earlier this season when Canada goes on strike, spoofing the writer’s strike. A clip is above and another, about how to make money on the Internet, is after the jump:

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