As previously reported here, Troy Martinez Clattenburg of San Antonio, Texas, was shot in the back of the head. His murderer, Cody Carmichael, confessed to shooting Troy because Troy allegedly made sexual advances toward Cody. During the investigation, Detective Cardenas of the San Antonio Police Department continually denied that Troy’s murder was a hate crime and stated that it was not being investigated as such.
Today, I learned that action is inspiring. Tomorrow, I hope to learn that it’s also contagious.
As my facebook, twitter and email exploded today with little clips of the DADT Rally, I marveled at an act of well timed genius. While the HRC was negotiating equality with the well-oiled political machine, the people were speaking. Grassroots activists took to the streets refusing to negotiate their rights… our rights.
How many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does it take to make a movement? Apparently, the answer is 482, which at the time of this post is the number of signors to “A Plea for Reconciliation” from ldsapology.org. The group consists of LDS members, former members and others who believe in the equal value of every soul regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or worldly condition. The Petition for Reconciliation begins:
“We the undersigned, in the spirit of love and peace, earnestly seek to create a climate for reconciliation between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gays and lesbians who have been affected by the policies, practices and politics of the Church.”