No on Prop 8: Because We're Not Hateful Bigots
Saturday, August 07 2010
Contributed by: dbsmall
So, proposition 8 was overturned in a 138-page ruling, sure to be appealed. It can be summarized, quite simply:
- There is no such thing as "gay marriage". There is "marriage".
- We cannot prevent one group of people (same sex couples) from entitlement to "marriage", while permitting others (different sex couples) to marry, unless there is a secular benefit to this restriction.
Sure, there's all sorts of other stuff there, but to me, that's the key point. The fact is, allowing more people to get married (and divorced) brings the state all sorts of financial benefits (due to professional services and partie, etc.), so there's a secular benefit to marriage equality. It's just like I alluded to in my references to in an earlier "tyranny of the majority" post.
And it's maddening to hear the well-financed, largely followed opposition, who seem to believe:
- Laws should be made by majority vote (when they agree with them). [How many of these people have complained that the judge overturned the "will of the people", as if that made any sense at all?)
- The judge made a law.
- That allowing same-sex couples to marry would be a redefinition of "marriage", when, in fact, it wouldn't.
They hate the first and fourteenth amendments, these pro-8 zealouts. [They hate our country. They also think 1070 in Arizona was a justified exception to these same two amendments. They think exceptions to the Constitution are ok.]
Mostly, even though I'm not exactly a fan of President Obama's, I think his opposition has clearly established themselves on a platform of hate: hate for gays, hate for non-whites, hate for the poor (who don't have health insurance). Hate has lost a lot, this last week.
(But I'm still upset with >50% of the voting public in California. I look around , and I wonder who you are, and why you're ok with distinctly anti-American things like Prop 8.)