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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day

Today I’ll be voting and casting a big fat NO on South Carolina’s marriage amendment.

Those pro the amendment claim that a yes vote is a vote for marriage and a vote ”to preserve marriage as the institution history intends it to be: between one man and one woman”.

Hogwash I say. A vote for yes is discrimination plain and simple and will “constitutionally relegate gay and lesbian South Carolinians- and their children- to second-class citizenship. I will definitely be saying no to this kind of family discrimination.

One of my good friends is a lesbian and she has been in a loving, monogamous relationship with her partner for 26 years. Twenty. Six. Years. She’s not asking for much; just the right to put her partner on her health insurance. It drives me cuh-razy that just because I am straight I have been able to get married twice and both times, put my husband on my health insurance. The first time, I was only married 6 months. Six. Months. Roll that around in your head for a minute. Twenty six years versus six months. Ummm, yeah, the straights are really are doing a lot for the sanctity of marriage, aren’t we?

I don’t know why people are so afraid of gay marriage. It’s as if granting homosexuals the right to get married and be as miserable as all of us heterosexuals is somehow going to lead to social anarchy. I have heard the old, tired out slippery slop argument time and time again (from those who have obviously received their university degrees in stupid) that if we allow homosexuals to marry then what’s next? Allowing people to marry animals?

My comeback?

“Well, I already married a pig.”


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Blogger Pregnant In Texas said...

Whoa! Is that really your ex-husband or are you just messing with us? :)

Thanks for taking a stand against the blantant discrimination of individuals based on their sexuality. If I were in South Carolina, I'd be right there voting beside you.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Amanda. said...

Unfortunately, that is really my ex husband.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Oh, Amanda, why'd you get divorced? ;)

Made me curious, so I looked up my ex-husband, too, and found his MySpace page. Yeah, about the same.

The marriage issue makes me laugh. It's that whole Republican "sanctity of marriage" but no value for human life in the form of nationalized health coverage that has kept some people I know from getting married, because unmarried she and the baby have Medicaid, married they can't afford the coverage. Yeah, love those family values.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I hope our side wins this one. Ohio passing our doma was a sad, sad day.

12:39 PM  
Blogger alimum said...

Believe it or not, all the social issues that are trotted out every election cycle are not all that big a deal here...what we worry about is corruption, graft, and who is on the take, and the choice isn't which politician is honest, it is which politician will steal less of the taxpayer's money?

But hey, remember the last young lawyer from Illinois who became President? Yeah, we do occasionally churn out some winners.

12:57 PM  
Anonymous karrie said...

I'm going to have to Google my most-hated ex for all of you. He looks a bit like Gordon Lightfoot. ;)

Seriously speaking as someone who lives where gay marriage is legal,I wish I could shake some sense into people who are really bothered by the idea.

The lesbian couples on my street have just as much influence on my marriage as the straight couples do. None.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Maria P. said...

Here here!

2:15 AM  

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