(translation: an excerpt from blark's LJ from 2-17-04)
"Thomas makes a public service announcement.
Just a reminder...
Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 1 - All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Article 7- All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
Article 16 - (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Narrow-mindedness makes the baby Jesus cry."
It seems totally silly to me about this whole anti gay marriage business. I mean, like heteros as a whole are really doing the world of marriage any justice...I mean, hello Brittany Spears? Yeah, that was taking the "solemn sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman" ever so seriously.
There are a lot of people I know who really honor and value marriage. Some are still married, and some, after some agonizing decision-making have decided to end that union. But I think the divorce rate in the US is something like 48-50%! Some of that is real irreconcilable differences, but far too much of it these days is "trial marriages" or people who marry for money, or without much forethought. Too many people in our society make a ockery of these "solemn vows."
To quote Law and Order from the other night about gay marriage: "Let 'em marry, they deserve to be as miserable as the rest fo us!"
I guess short story long, I couldn't possibly imagine homosexuals "violating the sanctity of marriage" any more than 50% of the marrying hetero population.
And my question is, and always has been WHY???
Why can't gay people marry.
I want a real reason.
One that has no basis in religion since this is a STATE issue and as we all know this country has a separation of church and state.
But taking away religious ramifications, taking away that "we just don't like them" bullshit...I don't think there is a realistic reason to prohibit two consenting adults who are not blood relations from marrying.
(btw, you can marry your first cousin in the Catholic Church, but not a committed parter of the same gender. How fucked up is that?)
Anyway, thats my two cents (and blark's too)
I would like to say, as a native-born Californian who has lived within sight of The City for most her life, I have never been prouder of San Francisco ever in my life.
You do Emperor Norton proud, SF. I am sure he would support your efforts to bring equality to all, and to lead the entire country in such progressive thinking!
Thank you, San Francisco.