Emms posted this video on her sight and I’m re-posting it here. (She’s all cool and stuff because she can embed video’s. For some reason I havent been able to figure out WordPress wont let me embed videos unless they’re from google or youtube)
I’ve known several gay people in my short life. My best friend Micheal is gay. In March 2004, Mayor Vera Katz, ok’d marriage licenses to be issued to gay couples. Unfortunately, it didnt last long. In 2004 there was a ballot initiative, Measure 36, that changed the wording of the Oregon constitution to state that marriage was between one man and one woman. It was passed by a large majority of voters. Larger than I expected. Micheal and Chris (his husband now for almost 6 years) had their marriage invalidated as well as several hundred other couples. If you want some very amusing reading here is a link to the 2004 Oregon Voters Pamphlet for arguments in favour of Measure 36. Some of them are true arguments in favour, some are satirical arguments in favour which are quite amusing. It makes me glad that at least Oregonians have a sense of humour.
I dont understand this. I dont understand what some people here in the States are so afraid of. Gay marriage does not and will not invalidate straight marriage. Gay people getting married does not invalidate what straight people do behind closed doors in their bedrooms. Gay marriage does not do anything to lessen the value or cheapen straight marriage. The love two people of the same sex feel for one another has absolutely no effect on the love two people of the opposite sex feel for one another.
The religious argument against gay marriage comes from Leviticus which has a lot of other rules that these people who use religion for their argument choose to ignore. (eating shellfish is an abomination, wearing clothes woven of two different types of cloth [wool/linen] is an abomination, if a woman is raped she must marry the rapist, etc) To paraphrase Bill Maher “What other Bronze Age laws and beliefs do we still cling to today” And many of the arguments against gay marriage are the same arguments used in the 1950’s and 60’s against interracial marriage.
The Constitution of the United States says “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” it doesent say “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, only for straight people” And it says “All men are created equal”, not “All straight men are created equal”
The Constitutional ammendment prohibiting gay marriage in CA was found unconstitutional by the CA Supereme Court. Most of the judges were appointed by Ronald Regan. Yes, it was unpopular with a certain part of the electorate, but anti-discrimination laws usually are for a while at least. Yes, Ken Starr is an major ass hat for doing what he is doing, but, equality for gays is coming. It’s going to take a while yet and the road will have some more set backs but it is coming.