Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I've been posting some YouTube videos on the "Vote No on Prop 8" campaign, and today is "Write to Marry" blogswarm day. Here's hoping a lot of other UU bloggers are also blogging about this issue - whether or not they happen to be in the state of California. Because, hey, Florida has Prop 2 and Arizona has Prop 102 on the same issue of marriage rights - both of which also should be defeated. Anyone who has read this blog over the past couple of years knows where I stand. See 'All the Happy People,' for example...
Love is love.
Some straight couples choose to marry, some don't, the point is they have a choice.
Some gay and/or lesbian couples have that choice, but only in certain places.
Others would like to have the choice.
To make a public, legal commitment to their partners.
To make a life together.
To have some security that the families they make won't be judged "illegitimate."
To know their wishes will be honored in the event of serious illness or death.
They're not asking for special rights. Just the same old rights straight folks take for granted.
Here's a great video, that makes the point perfectly:
As I have written before, the marriage of longtime partners Del Martin (may she rest in peace) and Phyllis Lyon had no effect on my own longstanding marriage. Neither has the marriage of George Takei and Brad Altman, or Ellen DeGeneres and Portia DeRossi, or the marriage of my friend's mom and her partner. They are all affirmations of love, commitment, and hope. To take away the right to love and hope - that's just wrong.
Blessed be all marriages. Amen.