Saturday, October 04, 2008

Let me preface this post by first saying that when it comes to politics, I know damn near next to nothing. What little I do know comes from the Daily Show, so obviously i'm going to be slightly slanted in my view, but it's my limited view, and I do the best I can with it. But please, if you feel i'm wrong or uninformed, don't hesitate to let me know, but I beg of you to do it in a polite fashion. With that said...

I was at work today, standing at the front counter, while my friend Louie was helping a customer next to me. They were talking about the Vice Presidential debates, and the customer mentioned Proposition 8. Now, for those that don't know, Prop 8 is the proposition that would, if it passes, would ban gay marriage in California. Now, this is one of the issues that I feel very passionate about, one of the few to be honest, and in my personal opinion I just can't wrap my head around anyone who would want to not allow gay/lesbian couples to get married if they wanted. Yes, I know marriage is considered a religious institution, but I don't feel that a person's religious beliefs should enter into it. If two people, whether they be a man and a woman, two women, or two men, love each other enough to want to get married, then they should be allowed to. I don't believe it's anyone's business what these couples do with their lives. All they are asking is to be treated as fairly as a heterosexual couple would be, and I don't think that's unreasonable. Sure there's civil unions (I don't know if that's the exact term, however), but I don't feel it's the same.

I was under the impression that there's supposed to be a separation of church and state, which is one of the reasons the founding fathers left Britain to form their own country...but it wouldn't surprise me if more than 50% of the people voting yes on that proposition were devoutly religious, trying to cling on to their outdated notions about how relationships should work. I believe it was Tom Leykis who said something along the lines of, "if two men or two women want to get married, I say let them. Let them be as miserable as the rest of us." Now, I know not everyone's miserable in their marriages, but I think that pretty much sums up how I feel about the whole issue.

So, back to the customer. As he mentioned how he wanted the proposition to pass, I got really upset. I didn't say anything, but inside I was fuming, because as I said, I don't believe it should be up to the government who can and can't get married. It should be up to the individual church/pastor/etc. I almost wanted to jump over the counter and punch the guy, but: a) I would never do that, b) even if I would, I still wouldn't because I wouldn't want to lose my job, and c) I still wouldn't because I wouldn't want to go to jail. But that's just an example of how passionate I am about this issue, and how strongly I believe that it should never pass.

I had more of a point when I started writing this, but I think as it went on, I kinda lost what I was trying to get at or say with this whole thing, but it's out there now.


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