A constructive proposal for the president as he addresses HRC this weekend. Help us in Maine and Washington state. Marriage equality is being attacked in Maine with classic techniques of fear, especially around children. In Washington, the Christianist right is fighting to reverse equal domestic partnerships, revealing that the m-word is not their real concern; their true fear is that gay people might cease to be pariahs.

Since the president has made it clear he will offer us nothing but words - and only in contexts where straight people are largely absent - he could urge the voters of Maine and Washington to stand up for equality. My old comrade in the marriage fight, Evan Wolfson, has offered his thoughts on how Obama's speech could help. I hope Obama or his speech-writers listen.

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