I mentioned in an earlier post the interesting fact that, on my Facebook page, it is my straight friends, not my gay friends, who are the most enthusiastic supporters of gay marriage. This is not to say that my gay friends are slacking in their support. They just lack the enthusiasm. For every one pro-gay marriage Facebook post from a gay friend, there seem to be two from a straight friend. As I said, I find this enthusiasm a little surprising. Usually, when people don’t have a dog in the fight, while they may be passively interested in the outcome, they don’t normally become actively engaged in promoting the fight.
While I was mulling this curiosity over in my mind, one of my Facebook friends (a straight one, of course) posted this image:
That sentiment is true, of course, but it also obscures the difference between supporting gay rights and animals rights. Animals can’t speak for themselves. If we don’t act as their spokesmen, no one will speak on their behalf. The same is not true for members of the LGBT community.
Help me out here, please. I am not seeking comments about the validity of the various causes within the gay rights movement. Instead, I’m just wondering (a) why members of the LGBT movement are now being analogized to mute animals and (b) why the fever is higher in the audience (so to speak) than amongst the players themselves.