Pacifica: The Lavender Scare
This short story (fiction) I have started is my creative attempt at participating in Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. It is still a work in progress. I hope to have a new installment weekly. Please do let me know what you think. Copyright 2011, Michael Hulshof-Schmidt. Feel free to share with attribution.
The morning after the 2012 Presidential Inauguration in the Oval Office
President Rick Perry: Well, we did it, Michele. We showed them sons of bitches the law of the land and the path to righteousness.
Michele Bachmann: Mr. President, what are we going to do about the gay issue? We have to keep to our campaign promises.
Perry: You are the god damn Vice-President, Michele. What the hell do you want to do?
Chief of Staff: Um, Mr. President, I would suggest to both you and Madame Vice-President that you immediately re-instate Executive Order 10450 as well as find a way to overturn Lawrence v. Texas.
Perry: By God, Rove, you are brilliant! This is why I have you as my Chief of Staff. But don’t think I don’t know all the god damn bullshit you said about me before the election. Let’s face it, Rove, we are both doing God’s work.
Karl Rove: Yes, well, at any rate Mr. President I would call Justice Scalia and see what he can do to help overturn Lawrence v. Texas.
Some days later at an undiclosed location
Justice Scalia: Paul, Tony here. I know you are starting your own firm since leaving King and Spalding. How would like to land some government contracts?
Paul Clement: What do you have in mind? Boehner still owes me $350,000 for billable hours just defending DOMA.
Scalia: I need you to figure out a way for us to overturn Lawrence v. Texas. Dig up a case, or do what you need to do to bring this to the Supreme Court.
Clement: It will be tricky, but I think I can do it. After all, these evil decisions that voided all the sodomy laws have violated the religious freedoms of the Christian community. I think I have a very dear friend in Colorado who could get legal standing to petition a case.
Scalia (rubbing his paws together): Excellent…
The wheels of injustice turn quickly when greased with corruption and shared bigotry.
October 11, 2012: The New York Times runs the headline Supreme Court Overturns Lawrence v. Texas: 5 to 4. Photos show an exultant Justice Scalia brandishing his majority opinion standing next to a frail James Dobson, weeping with joy.
October 31, 2012: White House Press Secretary Rick Santorum, frothing at the mouth, holds a press conference announcing the redrafting of Executive Order 10450.
Michael on the phone with his brother Brad: Did you see the NYT article about Lawrence v. Texas? Is the American public really so stupid that they don’t know heterosexuals violate the sodomy laws all the time? Brad, you need to get out of Georgia. Do you want to stay with us?
Brad: Michael it is happening all over the country. Why would I be any safer in Oregon?
Michael: Brad its not just Lawrence v. Texas, Perry is reinstating 10450 and there is talk about having all Americans sign something called a LoyalTea Pledge to prove their patriotism.
Michael to his husband: Brad just told me he was fired from his job with the state of Georgia for “unpatriotic behavior” under 10450. He is refusing to sign the LoyalTea Pledge. Shawn said he and Todd are moving back to California, but who knows how quickly all of the states will start to enforce 10450 and require us to sign the LoyalTea Pledge.
By November 15, all of the Southern States, Ohio, Missouri, South Dakota, and Kansas had agreed to enforce the LoyalTea contract. In a very back door way, LePage got Maine to also enforce the LoyalTea contract. The Great Exodus of the LGBT community had now officially started. What happens now to the over 35 million LGBT people? November 15, also marked the day when the states that quickly adopted the LoyalTea contract for America managed to overturn Roe v. Wade without exception. The country is experiencing a 21st century Manifest Destiny. Rumors are flying that Governors Brown, Kitzhaber, and Gregoire are meeting to talk about secession and forming a new country called Pacifica.