Don’t Give Me No Lines: California Proposition 8

It’s time for another rant on ballot initiatives from someone who can’t vote: California Proposition 8 proposes to change the State constitution to withdraw the right for same-sex couples to marry. It’s the umpteenth version that has been trotted out in front of voters, and because (A) voters are really tired of the repeated attempts, and (B) a $#17load of money has been spent by the Right on this, particularly from the LDS (Mormon) Church. Here is what proponents say in their opening argument:

Proposition 8 is about preserving marriage; it’s not an attack on the gay lifestyle. Proposition 8 doesn’t take away any rights or benefits of gay or lesbian domestic partnerships. (Emphasis theirs.)

Well, it does take away the right to marry, so that’s Damn Lie #1. It devalues marriage by reducing it to specific biological components rather than love and commitment between two people, so that’s Dam Lie #2. It does attack the gay “lifestyle” by deeming it unworthy of protections and status accorded to the hetero lifestyle, so that’s Damn Lie #3. That’s packing your lies in a nice, compact space.

The proponents’ argument in the voter guide boils down to “That’s the way we’re used to things”. I have yet to see an argument against same-sex marriage that doesn’t reduce to “I don’t like it,” or “It might cost the rest of us money.” Look, I don’t like people who give their kids made-up names, professional wrestling, or daytime soap operas. I don’t plan on demanding that any of those be made illegal because they bother me.

There are plenty of mediocre or even wretched hetero marriages out there, and same-sex marriages won’t change that. I’m going to bet that in time, there will be plenty of mediocre or wretched same-sex marriages too; we’re humans. We goof. We look for love in several wrong places. But I just don’t see why we should deny some people the chance to pursue happiness and commitment because of their particular genital arrangement.

Vote No on Prop. 8 this November, and kill that motherfucker.

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