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Published:December 9th, 2008 15:02 EST
Day Without A Gay

"Day Without A Gay"

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Some same-sex marriage supporters are urging people to `call in gay` Wednesday to show how much the country relies on gays and lesbians, but others question whether it`s wise to encourage skipping work given the nation`s economic distress.

Day Without A Gay

Organizers of `Day Without a Gay` - scheduled to coincide with International Human Rights Day and modeled after similar work stoppages by Latino immigrants - also are encouraging people to perform volunteer work and refrain from spending money.

Sean Hetherington, a West Hollywood comedian and personal trainer, dreamed up the idea with his boyfriend, Aaron Hartzler, after reading online that a few angry gay-rights activists were calling for a daylong strike to protest California voters` passage last month of Proposition 8, which reversed this year`s state Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage."

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I applaud all non-violent actions by gays and lesbians to protest the passage of California`s homophobic Prop. 8. Homosexuals should be commended for holding many energetic but peaceful demonstrations against this hateful measure.

"Day Without a Gay" is a wonderful idea, it will be an eye-opening experience for many Californians. Too many people think that gays are only found in gay bars and bay bathhouses, but the truth is that they are everywhere. In "Day Without a Gay" Christians will go to church only to discover that their pastor has called in gay. Schools will be missing teachers and principals, corporatons will be missing CEO`s, factories will be missing welders -- you get the idea.

If Christians and Mormons realize that gays and lesbians are not "the other", but their brothers, sisters, co-workers, friends and spiritual leaders the oppostion to same-sex marriage might not be so vehement.

It would be poetic justice if some of the folks who voted for Prop 8 fell sick on "Day Without a Gay" and were forced to call lin sick. Their collegues might think that they called in sick in support of "Day Without a Gay", and they might be shunned by some of their more homophobic co-workers.

I`m somewhat conflicted, I hope "Day Without a Gay" is a huge success, but if all homosexuals participate business will come to a standsill.