How fortunate all of us are today that we have the right to get out and vote. We have the right to make a huge choice—when there are so many things in life we cannot choose.
We cannot choose our gender. We cannot choose the family into which we are born. We cannot choose our race. We cannot choose our body type.
And we cannot choose our sexual orientation.
I believe that each of us is born with our sexual preference already determined. It is biological. And just as we should not be discriminated against for our gender or race, we should not be discriminated against for being hetero or homosexual.
“Let them have civil unions,” some say. Even our Presidential candidates champion this. “Marriage was meant to be between a man and a woman.”
But that kind of thinking just reminds me of some past “meants.” Like “women were meant to stay home with their kids,” and “only white men were meant to vote.”
Taking away gay couples’ right to marriage and replacing it with the right to civil unions feels a lot like “separate but equal” to me. It is no better than telling African Americans that the drinking fountain next door to the one for the white folks is just as good. That the schools for the black kids are just as good. Separate but equal.
It breaks my heart that our generation has to wade through another civil rights movement. It breaks my heart that people are afraid.
But it will warm my heart today when I vote No on Prop 8.
(AND - I'm super pissed that Google AdSense is serving Yes on 8 ads to my blog. Bastards...)