I'm not an extremely political person. In fact, I'm relatively ignorant (and ashamed to be) about most political topics. I mean, I listen to NPR in the car, scan CNN's headlines, and check the AP newswire several times a day, just to stay abreast of the news. But I'm not so big into politics.

With one big exception: social issues.

Human rights, civil rights, gender equality, abortion...the list goes on.

I am:
pro-choice (which does NOT mean I'm pro-abortion)
pro-same-sex marriage
pro-polygamy (between consenting adults)
pro-equal wages, support, and benefits for both men and women
pro-equal wages, support, and benefits for everyone of every race

You probably know where I'm going with this. California. I'll just say that I'm very, very sad about the court's decision.

Not allowing same-sex marriage is discrimination. Pure and simple.

Not everyone in our country is religious, or a Christian. Our country should not run by some peoples' interpretations of the Christian bible's words. Period. (And yes, I know there are a LOT of Christian churches and people who do believe in same-sex marriage.)

While I'm grateful that the court did decide to uphold the some 18,000 marriages that were conducted during California's brief period of legalized same-sex marriage, if you think about it, all this does is add another "class" of people in California.

There are opposite-sex couples who are married with full marriage benefits.
There are same-sex couples who are married with full marriage benefits.
There are same-sex couples who want to get married with full marriage benefits, but can't.

It's just unfair.


Jordan said...

I'm a Christian. While I should be against same-sex marriage, I'm just not. I think that people should have the right to be happy. You're right, not everyone in the US is a Christian and as a Christian I don't and wont push my morals and ethics in someone else's face.

The Nanny said...

I love your comment, Jordan! :)

Monica H said...

I'm pro life and by that I mean I am a believer in that everyone should lead their own life the way they want to. There are a lot of beautiful people in this world who shouldn't be judged because they are gay, because they've had abortions, etc. They shouldn't be treated any differently just because they lead opposite lives of myself.

BTW, the photo below is just beautiful.

Nic said...

Amen to that. I live in MA where same-sex marriage has now been legal for five years. You know what? The sky hasn't fallen, my marriage is just fine, honestly nothing is really different. Except for the people who can now marry their partners - I think it's made a world of difference for them. I really think that everyone should just worry about their own business!

Stephany said...

I'm like Jordan. I am a Christian which you can obviously see by reading my blog. I totally believe in the Bible. But I just can't seem to wrap my head around not allowing gays to marry. Every member of my family doesn't believe in same-sex marriage but I do. I can't sit there and say "Your feelings are not pure and true so you can't get married." So those are my feelings. :)

amy said...

Well while I could care less if they get married or not I have to stand firm in the fact that its MY right on when to teach my children about the gay/lesbian population. Those who know about prop 8 here in California also know this is part of prop 8. I do not feel its ANYONE else's right on what to teach my children. So while I could care less if they marry I do have to draw the line with the fact that it infringes on MY rights when they tell me how they are teaching MY children, because the last time I checked I birthed them babies NOT them. They did not endure weeks on end of bedrest with 3 out of the 4 and they didnt endure months upon months of breastfeeding them I did. So I do not feel they should repeal prop 8, but rather they should come up with a less confrontational prop that doesnt force their lifestyle on the rest of the population too.

My nephew is gay and he doesnt force his way of life down my throat. I have other friends who are gay too. So its not like I am a person who doesnt understand, I really do, but I will not let my personal rights be trampled either.

The Nanny said...

Amy, thank you for sharing your own take. I respect your opinion!

Stephany, "Your feelings are not pure and true so you can't get married." -- I *love* this.