Submitted By Todd on December 10th at 11:10am
it doesn't work?
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.What if no-gay-day makes people happy? Or, if instead of impressing with the numbers of people missing from the job, highlights the opposite?
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.Wasn't the Latino protest day a bust, taking some wind out of the it's time to show America whose boss movement?
Scott Craig, a fifth-grade teacher at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia, had no problem requesting and being granted the day off. So many of the school's 60 teachers were eager to show support for gay rights they had to make sure enough stayed behind to staff classrooms.Nice way to get parents on your side, eh?
About 25 teachers plan to take Wednesday off and to have their work covered by substitutes while they discuss ways to introduce gay issues to their students and volunteer at the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, Craig said. A letter telling parents why so many teachers would be out went home Monday.The tactic would be a great one for the other side, however. Imagine if there was a one day work stoppage by everyone who supports traditional marriage - that would make impact.