i don’t know if you all know this but california is on the verge of passing an amendment to the constitution that could ban gay marriage. i don’t know why but for some reason today i started thinking about just how massively fucked up this is and getting angrier and angrier. the only answer: to let you participate in the anger.
this is what i don’t understand. okay there are a lot of parts i don’t understand but let me start here: the word conservative, as i understand it and as the DICTIONARY describes it, means “resistant to change”. but it is conservatives who want to amend the constitution. the same people who hold up the constitution like it’s the latest book in the bible.
point b- these people wave flags and call you unamerican if you don’t say the pledge of alligiance before bed every night but it seems as though most of them haven’t actually read the allegedly sacred document they are always touting as the ultimate answer to everything.
here is the first amendment, in case you haven’t read it either: “congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
now i don’t know about you and where you live, but as far as i’m concerned marriage is a religious sacrament. a civil union between two people is a partnership in the eyes of the law but MARRIAGE is religious. so it seems to me that if we are going to pass an amendment banning gay marriage we are in effect saying marriage is a civil act and therefore making a law “respecting an establishment of religion”. if we do that, the amendment better say the first amendment of the united states constitution is void in california.
which i don’t think is legal. i’m pretty sure the states just get a say about what ISN’T talked about in the big boy constitution. tenth ammendment: “the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
but again, i’m just READING the constitution, not FEELING it.
of course, these are just the arguments against prop 8 that come from the document that created our country. my real problem is that people exist who WANT this legislation to pass. why does anyone care at all who gets married? i don’t care. it doesn’t affect me when republicans in maryland get married or drunk people in las vegas get married. it isn’t my business.
which is just one part of it. i guess this threatens peoples’ idea of marriage, the “sanctity” of marriage, the institution of marriage. so what? by writing discrimination into our constitution we will be backsliding to the days when PEOPLE LAWFUL OWNED OTHER PEOPLE. so maybe it was uncomfortable for some of those slave owners to start paying their field workers. sometime discomfort is okay.
does that seem drastic? well i think we should be a little bit drastic. i am a straight person who thinks marriage is pretty archaic and overrrated. but if we take civil rights away from one group of people, we open the doors to have rights taken away from all groups of people.
if you know anyone in california, tell them to vote no on prop 8. to NOT amend the constitution, to keep it the way it is and respect the decision of the courts to allow gay people to have whatever religious ceremony they want to. if you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get a gay marriage. otherwise, mind your own business and keep your destructive fear at home.
which brings me to the other dangerous proposition on our ballot, the age old parental notification for abortion proposition. if this proposition is passed, we will be telling girls in this state that their bodies do not belong to them. we will be putting girls, not hypothetically, really really really, in a position that will require them to tell their abusers they want to get an abortion. we will be asking them to decide between seeking medical attention that could cause theme serious problems at home or taking care of the problem in an unhealthy way. girls who can tell their parents that they are getting abortion, will which means girls will die if this measure passes. does that sound drastic again? well, i believe it is true. if a girl who is raped by her father decides to get an abortion but is forced first to call him, she will either do it and get killed at home or get an illegal abortion and bleed to death in a service station bathroom.
we live in america. not pre-world war 2 germany, not romania, not north korea, not saudi arabia. this stuff is more important than the presidential election. tell people about it. the constitution was written for a reason.