The title is meant to be sung to the tune of "Let's get physical." That Olivia Newton-John knows her stuff. Anyway, lots of the blogs I read have done their thing with Prop 8 in California, and even though the vote happened awhile back, I guess its my turn. In true Lynn fashion... I am just going to rip the band-aid off. No counting to ten and slow peel for me. So, here goes...
Ok, I am going to have to expand a little. I took a quiz yesterday that was supposed to be one word answers and I couldn't do it. So, I can't just write that note and let it go.
I am saddened by the outcome of the Prop 8 vote, and I personally think that mankind (and womankind and dogkind and kidkind and all other kinds) should all be sad, too. Basically the outcome is that one group of people gets to continue to be persecuted and labeled as "less than us." Everyone is free to have their own opinions (especially if they match mine) and you don't even have to be pro gay marriage or a friend to the homosexual community. You can still think its a sin and believe they are wrong for doing it. But, Keith Obermann said it best.... how is gay marriage hurting you? The consensus is that they can get all the same legal rights as a hetero couple, but they can't use the word marriage. Why? If Ellen and Portia tie the knot, does that somehow affect your marriage? Should your marriage somehow be viewed as less sacred now that two people of the same gender got married? That's crazy. Because if your hetero next door neighbors has a marriage that ends in divorce, did that somehow invalidate yours? And really, for all of those "sanctity of marriage" people, give me a break! Like there are no hetero couples that violate the sanctity you so believe in? If you cheat on your spouse, and it leads to divorce, no one is saying you can't legally marry again. And, am I wrong, or do you then have a history of violating the sanctity of marriage? And what about people who marry for money, green cards, or the drunks that hit the chapels of Vegas? They are legally allowed to vow to stay with someone until death (not sobriety) do they part, but love and commitment have nothing to do with it. With the divorce rate what it is, us heterosexual folks aren't doing a bang up job protecting that sanctity on our own.
I live in a state that is so right-wing conservative that gay marriage will never be allowed. The majority of Hoosiers' heads would explode before they would consider voting yes on something like gay marriage. (Unless you're reading this, Governor Daniels, and want to prove me wrong. Let me know, because I would be happy to help you leave a legacy of love, tolerance and acceptance in this state, if you're game). California is so progressive in comparison that I had high hopes when I heard about this hitting the ballots. I thought that the people lucky enough to live in a state where they had a say in promoting equal rights would end up saying the right thing. I guess I was wrong, and that just makes me sad.