I am all for it.
Let’s be clear. If you vote yes on 8, if you vote to ban gay marriage, if you vote to define marriage as “between one man and one woman” then what you are saying is “You do not deserve to have equal rights and I see you as being somehow less than me.” to millions of people. I have a pretty live and let live philosophy, but if that’s how you feel, I can’t just politely agree to disagree with you. I need to say flat out that you are wrong and you need to be spanked with a Clue By Four until you figure out that human rights aren’t something you can pick and choose. Equality just is. There shouldn’t be a question mark.
I so appreciate Attorney General Brown clarifying the language on 8, so that everyone trying to equivocate on the issue, or convince themselves that they’re not really being bigoted asshats can understand that yes, actually they are.
— Original ballot summary: “LIMIT ON MARRIAGE. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
— Amended ballot summary: “ELIMINATES RIGHT OF SAME-SEX COUPLES TO MARRY. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. Changes California Constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.
So there you are. If you vote for it, you’re voting to eliminate the rights of other people. Sit with that for a minute. Let it roll around on your tongue. Feel the arrogance. Is the hatred and bigotry permeating, yet? Are you soaking in the reality of legislation that seeks to create a second, lesser class of Californian? Why on earth would you want to participate in that kind of hatred?
Equality. It shouldn’t be something that the voters can bestow or take away from someone else.
Since, regrettably, it still is, I would ask that you please support equality for all Californians this November.