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By Adam Bink

Morning, all. This morning I’m taking the reins back here at Prop8TrialTracker after a break because of my grandpa’s passing.

The first thing I want to say is thank you to everyone who posted a kind condolence note in the comments last week. I read every single one and while I lose a member of my family, it is nice to know there is another family here that is thinking about me, especially those who have gone through similar situations. As Rick posed in the comments:

The P8TT community never ceases to amaze me. You are warm, caring and decent. That’s the model that NOM refuses to see. We are a community, not just of LGBT people, not just of “straight allies,” but of people who care about each other. Community built our nation and continues to make it strong. The responses here to Adam’s post make that abundantly clear.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Second, I always find it refreshing to get outside DC and go to Western New York and see lots of family and family friends who aren’t into LGBT rights or politics or don’t even think about any of it. I saw the power of the story take hold. I told nearly everyone I talked to about Ed and Derence and the feature Los Angeles Times piece on Monday, and person after person just looked aghast. Even those who I knew weren’t all the way there on marriage equality. Some even asked me to send it to them. That’s the power of the personal story — moving people’s hearts. There are people who still have a long way to go, but finding and moving stories like Ed’s and Derence’s has an effect. You see it when you meet people who haven’t thought about this stuff in a long time, but when a close personal friend tells them something moving and heartbreaking, it means something.

The more of that we do, the more we will make progress. I see it firsthand. So I’m happy to be back and continue this work together. Let’s do it.

16 Comments

  • 1. Ed Cortes  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Welcome back!! with Hugzz!!

  • 2. Mark M (Seattle)  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Welcome home my friend!

  • 3. Ann S.  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Welcome back, Adam!

  • 4. nightshayde  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Welcome back, Adam.

  • 5. Alan E.  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:46 am

    subscribing. Busy day today

  • 6. Kathleen  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:50 am

  • 7. Lesbians Love Boies  |  March 30, 2011 at 2:50 am

    checkmark!

  • 8. Sagesse  |  March 30, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Just scribin'.

  • 9. Kathleen  |  March 30, 2011 at 4:02 am

    UPDATE: Mass DOMA cases

    ORDER – puts a hold on the cases until further notice and requires the Executive Branch to file a status report by June 1. http://www.scribd.com/doc/51917009

  • 10. Richard A. Jernigan  |  March 30, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Welcome back, Adam. And I think you have just given your grandpa more reasons to be proud as he watches over you from his current residence!

  • 11. DazedWheels  |  March 30, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Welcome back, Adam!

  • 12. Rhie  |  March 30, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Stories really do have power. The reaction I have gotten when I tell this story is the same from everyone: "Oh my god that's awful! Let's do something to change it!" or some variation on that.

  • 13. bJason  |  March 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    I don't like this AT ALL. They should require a date for intervention or something – like the other court did.

  • 14. JonT  |  March 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

    peace sign!

  • 15. chris from co  |  March 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Welcome back Adam hope all is well with you and your family.

  • 16. Ronnie  |  March 31, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Yes, echoing….welcome back….<3…Ronnie

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