Igniting a Conversation About Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Posted Nov 05, 2012 by Alejandro De La Cruz
People are constantly bringing up serious issues on Causes, especially issues of equality. Last month, cause leader Andrew Willis launched a petition in response to the banning of a children’s book from a library in Brentwood, Michigan and won. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding is the story of two male animals who find love. After a Brentwood resident complained about his child checking out the book, the library was poised to ban it. That’s when Andrew jumped into action. “It just seemed incredible that any library would take out a book about two animals that were married. We monitor the news and we’re always looking for ways to advance equality; to ignite conversations about equality.”
Last week, the library reversed its decision to ban the book. Andrew’s petition, with more than 2,500 signature, highlighted the issue in Michigan to people from around the world. Andrew believes the collection of signatures is a powerful, unified voice that has helped bring the issue of equality to the forefront of the discussion. “What the petition did was allow thousands of people to raise their collective voice as one powerful voice.”
Andrew’s cause, Gay Rights are Human Rights, is focused on the LGBTQ community’s fight to be recognized as equal citizens, but he was clear to point out the specific intersection of topics within the Uncle Bobby petition. “It’s not just about gay marriage, but it’s also about the broader issue of rights for gay people. It’s also the broader conversation of freedom of speech in this country.”
Andrew noted in our interview that these cases, although unknown to a national audience, are conversation springboards with great value. With more than 140,000 members, Andrew hopes to, as he puts it, “ignite conversations” that will challenge the way people act, feel, and think about certain questions concerning equality. For now, he’s happy to see that so many people were willing to sign his petition and collectively inspire dialogue.