Queen of Hearts Campaign


Welcome to Wonderland:

The Queen of Hearts campaign for gay marriage rights

We all remember the captivating Queen of Hearts with all her pomp and circumstance, her thinly veiled sweetness and her uncomfortable smile like gauze over her tyrannical presence in Wonderland–

Queen of Hearts: Now then, are you ready for your sentence?
Alice: But there has to be a verdict first.
Queen of Hearts: Sentence first! Verdict afterwards.
Alice: But that just isn’t the way.
Queen of Hearts: [shouting] All ways are…!
Alice: …your ways, your Majesty.

Her approach to law has much in common with what we’re seeing today in the fight to overturn proposition 8.  As Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn pointed out yesterday, “…gay rights activists have adopted a “vote first, campaign afterward” approach to trying to win marriage rights for same-sex couples.”

You may have seen them, screaming with their banners, marching with their threats–thousands of activists taking to the nation’s streets in many cities in many states this last week, hoping to gather support for same-sex marriage.  But watching their anger, the question still burns, why now?  Where were these demonstrators, where was their fervor before the election?


"Oh! I'm Late! ....well don't just do something! Stand there!"

We’ve all seen protesters picketing, demonstrating and raging against LDS Temples in Los Angeles, Oakland and Salt Lake.  Mormon churches and other religious institutions that have supported Proposition 8 have been targeted, and several lawsuits have been filed all aimed at overturning the will of the people…AFTER  the fact, but where were they before?

“If I lose my temper, you lose your head. Understand?”

Michelle Malkin has documented many of these protests and violent demonstrations of angst.

“Anti-Prop. 8 organizers have targeted Mormon, Catholic and evangelical churches. Sentiments like this one, found on the anti-Prop.8 website “JoeMyGod,” are common across the left-wing blogosphere: “Burn their f—ing churches to the ground, and then tax the charred timbers.”

Thousands of gay-rights demonstrators stood in front of the Mormon temple in Los Angeles shouting “Mormon scum.” The Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City received threatening letters containing an unidentified powder. Religion-bashing protesters filled with hate decried the “hate” at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif. Vandals defaced the Calvary Chapel in Chino Hills, Calif., because church members had collected Prop. 8 petitions. One worshiper’s car was keyed with the slogans “Gay sex is love” and “SEX.” Another car’s antenna and windshield wipers were broken.

In Carlsbad, Calif., a man was charged with punching his elderly neighbors over their pro-Prop. 8 signs. In Palm Springs, Calif., a videographer filmed unhinged anti-Prop. 8 marchers who yanked a large cross from the hands of 69-year-old Phyllis Burgess and stomped on it.”

“Off with their heads!”

Corporate heads, church leaders, and individuals, large and small donors are all cards in the path of the mob-like leviathan.  Supporters of the marriage initiative are as varied as they come, but one thing is unchanging, they’ve all been labeled and unfairly demonized as hateful bigots even as the impassioned behemoth cries for tolerance and “equal rights.”

Many of these businesses and individuals have been pressured into publicly changing their tune, forced to make large contributions to the No on 8 lobby in order to avoid the politics of destruction, a power wielded on a deadly whim.  Deep pocket donors fell, midsize business owners fell, finally individual donors, and even a few innocent bystanders.   In the carnage, the blade swings as haphazardly as if the Queen of Hearts herself ran the inquisition.

Painting the Roses Red

Painting the Roses Red--All ways here you see, are the QUEEN'S WAYS!

Painting the Roses Red

We’re painting the roses red,
We’re painting the roses red!
We dare not stop or waste a drop,
So let the paint be spread!

We’re painting the roses red,
We’re painting the roses red!!
We’re full of dread, And many a tear we shed…
Because we know…They’ll cease to grow…
In fact they’ll soon be dead!

Businesses have been painted into a corner, trying to appease gay rights activists while maintaining their principles.

Businesses have been painting the roses red, trying to appease gay rights activists to avoid boycotts while still maintaining their principles.

And yet we go ahead…
Painting the roses red!
We’re painting the roses red,
We’re painting the roses red!

Yes, painting the roses red!
Not pink…
Not green…
Not aquamarine!

We’re painting the roses red!

In case you missed it, Election Day is now long over.  The vote was Nov. 4th.  The people have spoken, not once, but twice.

There is a process in place for the voice of the people to be heard, it is the electoral process, the thin line in the sand that keeps us on the side of democracy rather than tyranny.

Who's been painting my roses red?  Gay rights activists have been naming names of p8 supporters for punishment.
“Who has been painting my roses red?!” Gay activists have been ruthless in identifying donors from the donor rolls for punitive action

Where were all these adamant protesters, pleading their cause to the people in September?  Why weren’t they out on the street corners holding hands and waving flags in October?  That’s where I was.  What I really want to know is, where were the hairy men in hot pink heels and gaudy wedding dresses when the final votes came in November?

Let me tell you, there was no grass growing under our movement until after the last vote was cast.  In our area, “get out the vote” phones were not silent until half an hour before the polls closed.  In some precincts we had 82% voter turn out.  Some of that was due to the presidential election but among supporters, the numbers were even higher.  Each vote was precious.

The huge outpouring of marriage support Barack Obama brought to the polls was nothing short of a wonder, but even then, when it seemed the wind was at our back, we didn’t take it for granted.  Polls, those finicky fairweather friends, were dipping daily like a drunken man over stony ground and none could be trusted.  Whether two up or seven down, our grass roots support tirelessly redoubled their efforts.

The work paid off, but all that time there was not a single rainbow raised.

With the election two weeks behind us, and the ballots certifiably counted, the only question left is if the inflamed masses are truly ready to hear the verdict.

White Rabbit: Your Majesty, members of the jury, loyal subjects… and the King… the prisoner at the bar stands accused of enticing Her Majesty, the Queen of Hearts, into a game of croquet, thereby and with malice of forethought, molesting, tormenting, and otherwise annoying our beloved…
Queen of Hearts: Never mind all that! Get to the part where I lose my temper.
White Rabbit: …thereby causing the Queen to lose her temper.

“All ways here you see, are the QUEEN’S WAYS!”

Now that the polls are closed and the party is over, gay rights activists claim that the people don’t have the right to make the rules.  Only one side’s voices are equal enough to be heard.  It sounds eerily familiar–doesn’t it Alice?  The voice of the people can’t be trusted to decide this big of an issue on their own.

Howl and lament, roar and scream through any megaphone you like, in as many cities and states and countries as you like, but in this country, every man and woman eligible to vote has an equal voice.  The tally is unchanged by the volume of that voice or the efficacy of it’s menace.  That is true equality.

The California Supreme Court will hear it’s case, but the power it has to act, is only that power granted to it by the people, and the people have spoken.

Still thinking the whole election was a mistaken effort?  Invalid before it began?  Think about it.  If the marriage vote had been illegal, would opponents have spent their 30 million in fighting it?

“The point is”, Mr Zorn points out, “the time for that argument was before the election; before asking for nullification of the result looked so much like the complaint of sore losers.”


The fact is that to the majority of Californians, this issue was no hothouse flower effort, one night stand, nor heady fling of self intoxication, it was not motivated by either hate or power, it was a groundswell concern over the social fabric of families, an inherent love that could never be left to chance.

The fight for marriage truly mattered to the grass roots of the Yes campaign, and it showed in record numbers as they sacrificed their time and their means…..for some even their livelihood and their reputations…. to go and vote.

Rage on if you must.  Your true colors show through.

Contributing Sources:

The Queen of Hearts campaign for gay marriage rights–by Eric Zorn

The Insane Rage of the Same Sex Marriage Mobs–Michelle Malkin

Alice in Wonderland–By Lewis Carroll



  1. Delirious said,

    November 19, 2008 at 9:49 am


  2. Shoes said,

    November 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I think first cousins should be allowed to marry. Who are we to deny their love? They can’t help their genetic makeup. Their civil rights have been historically denied for years!

  3. Delirious said,

    November 19, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Sorry, I should have given credit, I saw that link from my friend Looney’s blog. http://looneyfundamentalist.blogspot.com/

  4. prop8discussion said,

    November 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    i’m linking. this is awesome.

  5. November 19, 2008 at 1:28 pm

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  6. lizziejane99 said,

    November 19, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Hurray! Fantastic parallelism. You are brilliant.

  7. busywithconviction said,

    November 19, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    My husband is on the UCSD campus close to daily. After the election was over a no on 8 booth appeared. People are out trying to get you to join groups supporting the no agenda. My husband has noted how funny he finds this because they do seems a little late.
    I must ask where do you come up with your ideas? I have a little antidote of what I have observed and you have this masterfully written essay drawing a great parallel to Alice in Wonderland.

  8. beetlebabee said,

    November 19, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I have to admit, I pull a lot from my source articles. As I’m out and about, reading different things certain ideas start to string together. Think John Forbes Nash from “A Beautiful Mind.” That’s the short answer.

    The long answer is I don’t own a T.V. set.

  9. James said,

    November 19, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    One heck of a parallel… Its perfect.

  10. Wendy said,

    November 19, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Amazing! Don’t ever get a T.V. set! :) You are a talented writer. I have to say, it is surprising that people waited until after the initiative passed to step up…

  11. ivoteyesonprop8 said,

    November 19, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Genius post!!!! I love your writing style. I always thought Alice In Wonderland was a bit scary when I was little LOL….so I didn’t remember much of it, but I love your comparison to the gay activists agenda. Its fits….along with a bit of a temper tantrum they seem to be throwing.


  12. beetlebabee said,

    November 20, 2008 at 11:27 am

    A tidbit of fun info, I picked up from a documentary—-the picture where the Queen of Hearts is wiping a finger of paint from the roses was created part by real life and part by animation. They drew her standing there with an empty finger and then put a blob of paint on the film and took a picture of the frame. Same with the drip. They wanted it to look real.

    Pretty good job!

  13. Lillian said,

    November 20, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    “The fact is that to the majority of Californians, this issue was no hothouse flower effort, one night stand, nor heady fling of self intoxication, it was not motivated by either hate or power, it was a groundswell concern over the social fabric of families, an inherent love that could never be left to chance.”

    That’s right, it does make you wonder about the real intent of these protests and efforts. If they were so serious about marriage, they’d have come out before the election, not after.

    Let me tell you though, if they had, we’d have won by a larger margin!

  14. Mary Ane said,

    November 20, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I love Disney in general, but Alice in Wonderland was unnerving. I always found the queen a little intimidating. I forgot that line by the rabbit. Don’t just do something, stand there! and wave this flag with “mormons are bigots” on it and “no more mr. nice gay.” That’ll win the election sure.

    What I want to know is, how did the entire gay community get so confused about when voting day was? They all showed up a week late!

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