Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Proposition 8

All I can say is that I'm disappointed in the majority of voters in the state of California. In a country where people are supposed to have equal right despite their gender, race, religious preference, etc... we decided yesterday to not grant equal rights to those who are gay. And for what reason? How do you explain it? Because your religion says it's not ok? What about my religion? What about rights of the people? Isn't the government supposed to protect rights despite religious preference? Many times throughout history our culture uses religion as a reason behind our discriminatory practices- slavery being one of them. Were there religious people during those times who were so sad that their religion was being used as a reason to keep slaves?- I can only imagine there were... just like now there are people who are sad that their religion and their society has chosen to take away rights of people who are gay.

I have many friends who are gay- and I can tell you right now that it sucks to stand next to them knowing that in this country I have more rights than they do. My prayer is that by the time my two boys are old enough to understand any of this it will all be history- and we will all have equal rights. I can tell my sons that they can be whoever they want to be, love who they want to love- and it doesn't matter- God loves them, I love them and they don't have to worry about anything.

I'm just sad right now... I know a lot of people who voted yes on 8. In fact, I think I know more who voted "yes" than who voted "no." These people are some of my best friends... I hope that someday we can understand each other better with this issue.

Things will change. I am hopeful. There are way too many good people in this world for it not to change.

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