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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Separate Is Not Equal

For a significant period of time, racial discrimination against black people was perfectly acceptable to many white people. Separate water fountains, businesses, schools, etc. Some actively enforced the discrimination while others complacently accepted it and went about their own business because it didn't really affect them.

Now, the majority of white people are appalled when they look back at the blatant discrimination. We think, "How unfair! I can't believe they discriminated against people based on the color of their skin."

And yet here we are, in 2008, and we are once again discriminating against an entire group of people. Gay people who are eager to formalize their commitments to each other are told by most states that it's illegal. And we have to be honest. Marriage is more than a formalized commitment between individuals. It comes with many rights and benefits, ranging from
hospital visitation to taxes to inheritance.

The otherwise lovely and progressive California is now threatening to pass Proposition 8, which would amend the state constitution to read: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

I honestly cannot understand any argument against the legalization of same-sex marriage. It's an issue of equal human rights.

Brad Pitt just donated $100,000 to help oppose the ban. If you, too, are interested in donating, visit the Vote No on Prop 8 website.

Also, there's an option to set up a wedding registry, so your guests could also donate money to support the equal marriage cause.

I'm glad the tide is rolling in. I'm just waiting for it to sweep the country.

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Luis said...

I enjoy your blog very much, and I am so thankful for all the bloggers out there bringing this into the world. If you live in California and you believe in fairness then you need to get out to the polls and vote no on this amendment.

Mrs. Andi said...

I too hope that the tide will change & eventually, sweep across the nation. But, I feel that until this is a national issue, the majority opinion won't change. With racial discrimination issues, until the federal government stepped in to make changes in certain states, nothing had changed. & those laws were forced on the states, often with police & military. I don't think we'll see a federal mandate anytime soon, but I do hope that more & more states will eventually work their way towards changes & then the more progressive opinions will become the majority.

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