||[Nov. 12th, 2008|09:26 am]
I just wanted my turn to whine about prop 8 a bit.|
So basically here are the benefits of supporting prop 8
I was gonna do cynical explanations of each one, but I couldn't actually find a way of defending some of them, even in a pretend way...
1. Marriage Certificates
I have to admit, this was a new one when I heard my fried tell me that marriage certificates would be changed to "Party A" and "Party B" and I don't really care what my marriage certificate says, but I guess it matters to some people, from what I learned after researching this, it mattered to a lot of homosexuals as well, and so because of public outcry, it had already been changed by the time I was told this. So now it just lets you check off what each partner wants to be called. I've already got dibs on Bride.
This one bothers me quite a bit for a few reasons. The claims made are so outrageous and pointless, and unfounded. The big claim of this one is that kids as young as in kindergarten will be taught that gay marriage is okay. My problem with this is two-fold, 1. big deal, we should teach acceptance to children young. 2. it's not true. plain and simple, this one is a lie. Marriage is part of CA sexual health and education classes, which are not required, and you can sign a waiver to take your child out of this learning experience.
3. Rogue Judges
I guess this one kind of makes sense, Judges that were appointed to the office because of their ability to make good judgement, and their advanced understanding of the legal system decided that it was unconstitutional to deny the rights of any American/Californian citizen. Even though California had already voted to ban same-sex marriage. Now here, even though there is a valid argument, and I really wish we could have shut down prop 8 with votes alone, we didn't. But Freedom doesn't come down to a mere vote. It takes a lot more than majority vote to deny someone's rights. Just because the majority has voted twice to ban same-sex marriage doesn't make them right. The fact remains that American citizens, like you and I, are being denied what others can have, and it's not because they can't have the same kind of love, it's because people don't want them to have the same kind of love, and that is bullshit. This is not a controversial issue to me, because the right answer seems so clear. As Americans we have certain freedoms and inalienable rights, these "Rogue Judges" saw that freedoms and rights were being taken from one group of people, and decided that it wasn't right.
4. "Proposition 8 is about preserving marriage; it’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Proposition 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. Under California law, “domestic partners shall have the same rights, protections, and benefits” as married spouses. (Family Code § 297.5.) There are NO exceptions. Proposition 8 WILL NOT change this."
That is taken directly from www.protectmarriage.com
all I can say to that is NO. it is absolutely an attack on the gay lifestyle, if it wasn't you wouldn't accept donations from churches. You hide behind the fact that those 14 words were voted into the constitution before, but that doesn't mean it's not an attack, this is a full frontal assault, this is you saying "our water fountain is called marriage, it's clean and tidy and the water tastes great, your water fountain is called domestic partnership, it's basically the same water, but nobody will clean yours, and we can continue to feel superior"
The water may be coming from the same place, but the message it sends is Anti-American. Voting Yes on Prop 8 means you just voted in favor of prejudice, bigotry, and it's a vote against the American Way. Voting No on Prop 8 was the patriotic choice.
There is one more argument I've heard, but it was quite ridiculous so I'm putting it at the end
Legalizing gay marriage will lead to legalizing marriage between humans and animals.
Now if that isn't an attack I'm not sure what is. Equating gay marriage to inter-species relations is extremely hurtful, even to a hetero like me. Let me make this simple, a man loving a man is not the same as a man loving a dog, and that is a scientific fact. Sure gays can procreate, so it's not the natural order, but we see other animals with homosexual tendencies in the wild. however, human beings have the capacity to love one another with all their hearts, and I feel it's very clear that loving an animal in a romantic, sexual way is a clear indicator of severe mental health issues.