Friday, November 14, 2008

Proposition 8

Normally you won't see me post things that are political in nature but I have to post something about this because I am so enraged by the situation....

Proposition 8 was a California State ballot proposition that amended the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman. It overrode a recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognized same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The official ballot title language for Proposition 8 is "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry." The entirety of the text to be added to the constitution was: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." (Source)

I have to start this off by saying that my views on this issue are not based on weather I agree with the homosexual lifestyle or not.... This is solely based on my feelings as a human being. I think that the passing of Proposition 8 was horrible and a step backwards.

I love my wife with every fiber of my being and I would be so horribly upset if I was gay, my wife was a man, and they told me I couldn't marry him. People say that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I still don't understand. Why is it okay for a man and woman who don't love each other to be married? Why can two straight people enter into a marriage of convenience so they can benefit from health or financial perks? BUT TWO HOMOSEXUAL HUMAN BEINGS WHO LOVE EACH OTHER CAN'T... WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE!?!?!?!?!?!

It seems like some people in a minority take things to an extreme and it stops being about fighting for their rights, and it becomes fighting to have more rights than others. That is bad, but this isn't one of those cases. The people who were against Proposition 8 were fighting for EQUAL RIGHTS.

Now on to something else that has been annoying me about this situation. Being in Utah it seems that I am hearing lots about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and their involvement in this. Many people are saying that the Mormon church is solely responsible for this Proposition passing, which I think is a load of crap.... You can't tell me that 52% of voting Californians are Mormon. Now people are protesting against the Mormons, which is their right, but they are breaking windows in churches, antagonizing members as they try to attend church, etc...

*Sigh* People suck sometimes...

Well now that I got these thoughts out of my head I can move on with my day.


smarmoofus said...

In fact, I wager there are very few Mormons in California. What kind of convoluted reasoning are these vandals using, anyway?

Meanwhile, as Californians were voting on that, Arkansas had a ballot initiative, Act 1, which was orientation-neutral on it's face, but CNN called it what it was: an act to prohibit gay couples from fostering or adopting children... it was written to prohibit all unmarried cohabiting sexual couples (gay or straight) from adopting or fostering children, but heterosexual couples have the available remedy of simply getting married to get around the ban... same-sex couples are state-constitutionally barred from marriage, which means they have no way around the ban.

The asinine thing about this law is that it isn't just prohibiting the state from placing children in "gay homes", but it bars private adoptions and placements, and there is no exemption for cases where the only remaining relative of an orphaned child is in a same-sex domestic partnership. There are no exemptions at all. Gay people can't have kids.

So, for example, say your sister is gay and living with her partner of ten years. She has babysat your children many times, and they have a bond. You have no other living relatives, and you and your children love your sister dearly. You've got your will all set out for her to get your kids should something happen to you. No dice. Not in Arkansas. Your child would go to foster care to be placed with strangers.

But we're fighting it.

Mr. O said...

As you should!!!!

If someone is fit and has love to give they should be able to adopt or foster a child!

ciara said...

i voted 'no' on this prop. i think every person should be able to marry no matter their race, orientation, religion, etc. if someone wants to commit themselves to the one they love, what right does anyone have to stop them?

there are a few organizations protesting this of course saying that it will be an open door to deny ALL minorities of rights. that scares me.

i do have some hope that this won't be around for long...this prop passed w only 52%. the percentage was much higher just a few yrs ago.

btw there are some gay/lesbian parents out there who are far better than some heterosexual ones.