Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Who Do You Love?



Living as I do in a state which recognizes marriage equality, I can assure everyone that Massachusetts has not fallen apart since same sex couples have started to get married. So I was somewhat surprised that Californians voted yes on Proposition 8, which reverses same-sex marriage in that state after a brief period of legality. The idea of putting what should be a basic right up to vote--to vote!--as if it were simply a bond issue or a property tax override chills me. The idea that someone would then vote to deny another person the right to marry makes me ill. We all have a lot to answer for in this world, made up as we are of our own imperfections. So I would like to ask all of you who are convinced of you own moral rectitude, the self-righteousness which allows you to judge your fellow citizens: Who are you to cast the first vote?

4 comments:

Val Kendal said...

/me wipes her teary eye, kisses Dot on the cheek, and thanks her for posting this, I had somehow missed it.

Anonymous said...

Dot: thanks so much for posting Keith Olbermann's really wonderful commentary on Prop 8 in California and all the issues it brings up regarding marriage equality (and equality in general). Your additional words are also very poignant. I am so proud to live in Massachusetts.
love from Artemis

Phire Zuhra said...

Thanks for sharing this Dot. Maybe it was the non-implosion of MA showed CT the way? It just chaps my arse that CA has actually taken a step backwards, I had such strong hopes that Prop 8 would get shot down. I will stop now because I could go on forever about this topic.

Val Kendal said...

and for a slightly angrier response, check out the first 5 minutes of the 11/11 Savage Love Cast by Dan Savage (available as a link here - http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/SavageLove).

[and if you have time, don't miss Dan's response to the dad asking about his 13 yo daughter's Rainbow Bear patch]