Sunday, October 26, 2008

A wedding

Two of my very best friends are getting married next Wednesday. It'll be a short service. They are coordinating the phones for the No on 8 proposition here in California. So in lieu of a reception or party after the service they will go directly to work on that. While I'm extremely happy for them I'm also sad that this may be the final few days that it will be legal in the State of California for everyone to marry the partner of his/her choosing.

The campaign to amend the state constitution has been the most expensive effort ever. Millions of dollars (much of it from outside the State) have poured in from institutions with vested interests to deceive and frighten voters. To guarantee that not all people are treated equally. They have used children to scare parents and confuse the issue. “The Prop 8 campaign continues to use scare tactics and lies to bolster their campaign. It’s despicable that children are being used for political gain.” Leading educators are working to defeat this proposition.

I know several couples who have married during this brief interim that allows same-sex marriages. Most of them have been together for twenty or even more years. Their marriages will still be valid even if Proposition 8 passes. And the world will not end. If Proposition 8 fails marriages between opposite sexes will not be affected. Children will not be force-fed a gay marriage agenda. Life will go on, much as it has, and we can all relax.

If you're eligible to vote in the State of California I hope you will do so and join me in voting No on Prop. 8.

11 comments:

Mette G. said...

Hm - it is beyond me! Here in Denmark same-sex marriages have been legal for app. 10 years now.

Lisa said...

Love you Dad.

sue said...

I really do think that no-one has the right to tell someone who they are allowed to marry, it should be an individuals choice whether it is the same sex or not. It shouldnt have to be put through issues of the government or any other political vote, just let the people work it out for themselves.

Hannah said...

Even though I may not agree with you, it's incredibly courageous to fight for what you believe in; all of you included. Love You KnitDad!

Temperance said...

Thank you for being an intelligent tollerant educated person.

Lisa said...

I wrote to you privately, but I don't want to be left off the love train. I love you too, KnitDad!! I think we need to work on the important, pressing problems this country has, and not worry so much about who loves whom.

Laikabear said...

I've been so sad to see yard signs supporting Prop 8 around town and even in my neighborhood (they have silhouettes of schoolchildren on them). I wish the rebuttal campaign for No on Prop 8 had been stronger. I don't know if it was enough to overcome all the ignorance out there. My fingers are crossed that Californians won't lose this important fight. (I already voted by absentee ballot).

Good luck to your friends on their wedding day!

Anonymous said...

Well, we now know if knitting fizzles you can go into politics. Very nicely stated KnitDad!!!
Hugs
Mendy

TheBunny said...

Fingers crossed. I'll be very sad if the prop passes. We went through the same thing here in Oregon just a couple of years ago. Something is wrong when the definition of marriage is based on the sex of a person and not love.

Anonymous said...

I'm voting no, as are most of the people I know, so fingers crossed. It's outrageous that California allows the Constitution to be amended with a simple majority vote. At any rate, it's close but I'm still hopeful that ignorance will not prevail. If it does, maybe we should all move to Denmark....

R.

Janice Rosema said...

Best wishes to your friends for a happy and long marriage filled with blessings and love!

On Tuesday, I am voting no on Prop. 8 as it not the perogative of government to interfere in a private matter between two consenting people.

Love you Larry, your friends are lucky to have you in their lives.