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California Proposition 8

5 November 2008 No Comment

In many ways, I think our country has come quite far with Obama’s victory for presidency of the United States. The fact that at one point in our country’s history, blacks whom were considered inferior now in this day and age can become the president of this country really amazes and gives me faith that this is a country that is willing to embrace progression, improvement and change for the needs and rights of the people.

Therefore It saddens me that there was such a ballot as the Californian Proposition 8 ballot, which states it’s intent to change California’s constitution to eliminate same-sex marriage by adding a new section to the constitution. It saddens me even more that this proposition will soon pass due to 57% of voters voting in favor for the proposition.

People who support Proposition 8 usually make the following arguments:

“… Because public schools are already required to teach the role of marriage in society as part of the curriculum, schools will now be required to teach students that gay marriage is the same as traditional marriage, starting with kindergartners…”

My answer to this is said not as a gay male here, but as a human being in that- what is wrong with teaching our children the truth? While gay marriage is not legal yet, let’s consider the scenario of teaching kids that in this society there will be men that will love other men and women that will love other women. How is teaching such truths wrong when everyday there really is a man falling in love with another man and a woman falling in love with another woman? We teach, in order to give the next generation an understanding of the world, give them the ability to make their own opinions on things and most importantly allow them to know everything that is out there in this world. Teaching kids about homosexuality will not turn heterosexual kids gay, since in retrospect, homosexual kids have always been taught under heterosexuals and still find themselves attracted to the same sex. However, in general, why should sexuality or complicated concepts like love (Whether straight or gay) be taught in elementary school to begin with?

“… By saying that a marriage is between “any two persons” rather than between a man and a woman, the Court decision has opened the door to any kind of “marriage.” This undermines the value of marriage altogether at a time when we should be restoring marriage, not undermining it…”

I’ve heard of many that express their concerns that by allowing gay marriage eventually we should allow brothers/sisters to marry and human beings/animals to marry. I have a lot of different thoughts on this, but if we base things on supply and demand, the need for brothers/sisters or humans/animals to marry will never be raised because there is no significant population that want this. In addition, who’s to say if brother/sister marrying is “wrong.” If both parties are willing and want it, that’s their business and definitely not mine. It would never be a choice for me because it’s undesirable to me (Also scientifically it’s not good for future offsprings) but who am I to say that it should not be allowed?

However, looking aside from the theory of if gay marriage were to happen and having a door open for all types of odd marriages, can’t we look at countries in the world that have allowed gay marriage? If we look closely at Canada and European countries that have allowed gay marriage, none of the fears that the conservatives in America have come true at all in those countries. Two heterosexuals in those countries remain very married and no one has interest in marrying their horse as it seems.

Then for the sake of mentioning odd marriages, can’t Britney Spear’s marriage be considered odd?

“… Marriage is between a man and a woman, the Bible does not condone same sex relationships of any form…”

From my understanding of marriage, marriage is the union of two people who love each other very much and would do everything in their best interest for mutual happiness. (That’s what I understood from observing my mother and father) So why is it that because others dislike my view of marriage that they seek to ban it? I love to eat meat, but just because I love to eat meat doesn’t mean that I have the yearning to ban vegetarian restaurants just because I feel everyone should eat both meat and vegetables. What is the problem with co-existing in the same space and allowing each individual the right to do what is right for themselves.

While the Bible does not condone homosexuality, why is it that everyone in this country must follow what the Bible says? To some people it is their holy book, but to many it is not and simply a regular book. Who is to say that the Bible is the moral super guide? Who has the absolute right to deem what is good and what is bad? To many Christians who make it a point to save people, have they considered that some people don’t seek salvation because they don’t believe they need it?

Martin Luther King had a dream for his black brothers and sisters would rise up and be equals alongside the whites and it ultimately came true. I also have a dream, that one day in our great country, Americans will recognize the need to equalize rights of LGBT people with heterosexual people. Perhaps many argue that the LGBT people are too promiscuous to really adopt a married lifestyle. This is only so because many LGBT are forced to live their lives in an underground world, however, give the LGBT community normalcy such as marriage- change to a more healthy and loving environment is inevitable because in the end, this is not a fight based on gender but a fight for love.

Obama preaches change everytime he opens his mouth. Perhaps maybe not now, maybe not in another 10 years and perhaps not even in the next 20 years- but I believe gay marriage will happen because as we saw from the election of ‘08- Americans are able to embrace change.

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