U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal of California hung a rainbow flag outside his office the week of the Supreme Court hearings on Prop 8 and DOMA, and he might just be the first member of Congress to display a gay pride flag. “My intention is to fly this flag until marriage equality is the law of the land,” said Lowenthal, 71, a Democrat, said in a press statement. “Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act are oppressive and regressive policies that label a large group of my constituents as second-class citizens and deny hardworking Americans the freedom to love and marry whomever they choose. It should not take a Supreme Court justice to prove that love is love.” (via Out in the 562)
History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.