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Proposition 8

August 11, 2010

The other day, the LA Times wrote an editorial saying that, since Prop 8 was overturned in California, same-sex couples should be allowed to get married until the Supreme Court makes the ultimate decision about whether or not they think it’s right for members of the same sex to get married.

Then, I made the mistake of reading the comments readers left on the piece.

This was a bad choice … for me.

Here are some of the comments I found (and these were all found on one page):

“Marriage is between a man and woman…period! Gay and lesbians should not be deprived of loving each other and being legally bound to the other person, but be respectful and call it a different name. How can you take hundreds of years of the tradition of marriage and “pop!” just change it because we have to be politically correct to all minorities and slap the majority in the face. What’s next…marriage will be ruled constitutional between man/woman and animals because everyone should love be married to whomever they want?”

“God didn’t make anyone a homosexual. they chose to be gay. When you find the genes that make people gay, let me know………..”

“Homosexuality will never be accepted in America, only tolerated. The entire country has a “MORAL OBJECTION” TO THIS DEIVENT BEHAVIOR.”

“7 million decent, moral Californians who believe in marriage between man and wife voted against the perverted same sex mockery and a gay jusge had the audacity to rule against them ! I think all gays should be confined to SFO and it should be towed alongside alcatraz so that normal peopel can live in peace away from the torrent of obnoxious, sexual deviations we are subjected to in the daily press by gays !”

“The underline of what they are truly seeking has more to do with being totally self-serving. As soon as the homosexual community fully acheive what they want, to move completely from the bathhouse to the mainstream, everything else they use from adoption, using innocent children so they can appear favorable, to scapegoating The Black Civil Rights movement will all fall by the wayside. Satan is clever so surely nothing good will come from america tolerating such foolishness.”

And as I read, I became more and more furious!

I wasn’t furious because they disagreed with the editorial. I wasn’t even furious because they disagreed with the court’s decision. They can disagree; they’re entitled to that opinion.

I was furious because of the blind hatred these people had for the gay community in general. The comments seemed to suggest that the readers didn’t oppose gay marriage — they oppose the existence of gay people as a whole. And, morally, that shouldn’t be an opinion someone is entitled to have! You can’t just hate a whole community of people just because they like different things. That’s like hating people who like apples if you yourself like oranges. It just shouldn’t be done!

I know, deep in my soul, that this time in America — this time of denying a whole portion of the population of citizens certain rights because of who they are — will be looked back upon as a dark time in this nation’s history. In the future — I don’t know how long it’ll take — but at some point, history textbooks will detail this time and liken it to the days of segregation, racism and anti-semitism. Because, although I know some people will never agree with me on this, when you look at it factually, there’s really no difference! 

Prop 8 mandates that certain human beings are not entitled to their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness because of a certain preference of their’s that a part of society can’t understand. And not only does society not understand, it refuses to understand! And society lets its failure to grasp the gay community’s side of life drive it to anger and even, as the comments above show, hatred!

And that, in turn, makes me mad! And thus, I blog.

I just hope the Supreme Court makes the right decision. And yes, in this case, there is, unequivocally, a right and a wrong decision.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Gus Hastalis permalink
    August 11, 2010 4:36 pm

    Agree completely.

  2. Julia H permalink
    August 12, 2010 1:01 am

    Thank you for another beautiful and insightful post, Emilia. And thank you for the comparison to the Civil Rights Movement. Civil rights are for EVERYONE. Why don’t people get that?

  3. August 12, 2010 5:02 pm

    Preach on!

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