Posted by Jeff on October 23, 2008
As many of you know, I’m officially a Californian now. In fact, I got my voter registration card in the mail last week! Thumbing through the California General Election info guide today I was reading the part about Prop 8. If any of you have been living in a homophobic cave the past several weeks, Prop 8 is a measure to try to re-illegalize same-sex marriage in California. I already know which way I’m voting, but I figured that it would be a great idea to read the other side of the argument as well since I’m always open to changing my mind.
What I found in reading the info booklet is that every argument for Prop 8 was either built on very shaky assumptions (such as that it would force children to learn about gay marriage in school) or were simply very thinly veiled bigotry. The most offensive part to me was this:
“We should not accept a court decision that may result in public schools teaching our kids that gay marriage is ok.”
Really? I mean, REALLY??? And why not? If it’s ok to be gay (as this article kept implying) then why would same-sex marriage not be ok? Am I the only one who thinks that this is just an attempt to cover bigotry with flowery language?
I decided that there had to be better arguments for Prop 8 out there somehwere. So I looked. Following is the best I could find..
Now, the only way ANY of these arguments hold water is if you accept certain assumptions. Those assumptions are simple. In fact, those assumptions are really just one assumption. Being gay is wrong! The only way that any of the arguments for Prop 8 make sense is for you to already hold that belief. Quite frankly, that makes you a bigot. It doesn’t matter what your reasons are for believing this, you are a bigot. Plain and simple.
I know what you are thinking… “I have nothing against gay people, as long as they don’t put it on display!” Well, expecting someone else to hide something about their nature that you are perfectly free and willing to display about your own is bigotry. And ‘religious reasons’ don’t hold water either. Religion justifies nothing that you don’t already believe to start with. For example, the same part of the bible that condemns homosexuals also condems eating shellfish. Don’t see many christians abstaining from shrimp? Me either. There is no pre-existing prejudice against the lobster so that part of the bible is just ignored.
The short and simple is that if you don’t think that gays and lesbians should be allowed to get married just like you can, then you are an evil, intolerant, vile, ignorant bigot.
Enjoy your day.