A quick word on the Prop 8 ruling

Unless you've been living in a cave, you have probably heard that a Federal District court in California struck down Proposition 8 as being unconstitutional. The battle is won, but the war is far from over. No doubt this legislation is not gone just yet, and I wouldn't be surprised if it makes it all the way to the Supreme Court.

I think it's really worth noting that there is one group of people who really supported Proposition 8: religious conservatives. You know that whole thing in the constitution about equal rights under the law? Well, according to these religious nutbars, it's really more of a guideline. The following video was brought to my attention via Facebook, and I think it's typical of the religious conservative mindset:



Notice the way she phrases it: People who voted to oppress the equal rights of others are the "victims" here. She says that you should pray to protect their rights. You know, the straight people who already have the freedom to marry whomever they love. The rights of homosexuals is apparently not a relevant point to these people, the constitution be damned. They aren't equal citizens, but a special class of people.

There's one common thread in all civil rights movements, including abolition, suffrage, and desegregation: us and them. The gay rights movement, like other civil rights movements before it, is not about liberating one group of people. It is about recognizing our common humanity, respecting our differences, and erasing those labels that separate them from us. It's about saying that homosexuals are not a special class of people – they are just people.


Fortunately for the gay rights movement, prayer does not work, most likely because God does not actually exist. Prop 8 was struck down, and progress has been made... for now.

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  1. I personally think the state should abolish marriage. If religious people want to have a Christian, Muslim, Hindu, etc. marriage ceremony go ahead but it should have no legal standing. The government should abolish marriage and call everything civil unions. The state has no business in being associated with something religious. It should just be a contract between adults. Notice I didn't say two adults. I think we need to be fair and consistent and if there really are 2, 3, 4 etc. amount of people who want to be recognized as one family unit then we need to honour that as a secular and free society. I think religious people are completely correct when they point out that people who support same-sex unions don't support polygamy, polyandry, etc. But of course, religious people are wrong when they say the slippery slope leads to marrying children and animals. If the state is only involved in civil unions then obviously only adults can enter into such binding contracts.

    Anyway, that's my two cents. Love the blog.

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  2. Thank you, and I completely agree with you. Let's take the government out of the religious institution of marriage.

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  3. Marriage is the leading cause of divorce.

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