Overturning Prop 8: A Plea for Love and Tolerance03.04.09
California’s Proposition 8 should never have even been a ballot upon which people could vote. Ideally the majority of Americans would realize that discrimination should be eradicated wherever it rears its ugly head, but come on; this is the same country where Rush Limbaugh is the figurehead of a political party. The same country that didn’t allow blacks or women the right to vote less than 90 years ago. Do you think women would’ve won the right to vote if it had been put to a majority vote? Give me a break. They didn’t win that right until the courts stepped in.
And that’s what will have to happen for gays to have the right to marry.
But this is about more than just being able to call each other legal spouses. This about fairness and equality. Call it what you want: partnership, civil union, marriage. The end game is that someone’s love of his life can be with him on his deathbed without the hospitals stepping in and saying that only “family” is allowed. So that a woman’s female partner can be included on her insurance policy. That a child can still be with her parent after her gay father dies.
I really don’t understand how people can reconcile the bigotry that they’re supporting with their own beliefs that they’re being ethical and righteous. It’s a sad state of affairs and showcases the need for a much smaller influence of religion in secular decision making. Some religions may state that homosexuality is a sin. But some also say that eating pork is, too, and you don’t see us outlawing bacon. Others say that it’s customary to cut hands off thieves. You don’t see us doing that, either.
If you live in California, please support the overturning of Proposition 8 on Thursday, March 5th. If you can’t be there (like myself), do your part and spread the word of tolerance and love. Life is too short to be denying people the right to be happy. Let’s put aside 2000 year old doctrine and follow the real teachings of do unto others. I’m holding out hope.