Like Tootsie I've got a lot to say on this issue, so here goes.
A big ballot issue in California this November (you know, besides electing a new President) is Proposition 8. If Prop 8 passes, it will make same-sex marriage (which the courts recently ruled could not be prohibited under our constitution) illegal in California. So (stay with me here because it's a little counterintuitive), yes on 8 is no on gay marriage, no on 8 is yes on gay marriage.
I've made no secret of being a liberal (a label I do not consider pejorative) so the way I'll vote is no surprise. Here's why I think you should also vote No on 8.
I don't see how it is right to tell other people how to live their lives--as long as how they live is not hurting us or their kids. By that I mean things like committing crimes, abusing children--quantifiable harm.
I confess to being befuddled as to why (in most cases) those that don't want government in our fiscal lives want them all over our private lives.
I STRONGLY believe in the separation of church and state. I certainly don't think I should tell you, as a religious person, what your beliefs should be. By the same token, I don't believe a religious person should be able to tell a secular society what it's beliefs and laws should be.
If religion begins to dictate government we will end up living in a de-facto theocracy. What does that look like? A lot like most countries in the Middle East. And that? Scares the hell out of me.
Speaking of the Middle East--why are fundamentalist Muslims committing acts of terrorism against western democracies? Because they don't like our educated women, our music, our short skirts; in short, they don't like OUR FREEDOM to make our own choices about the way we live. They don't like that we don't believe in the same things they do and they want to force us to live by their values. Hmmm, what is that sounding like?
If your religion doesn't believe in same-sex marriage, that's fine by me. You're allowed to believe what you like. When you talk to your kids about these issues you are free tell them what your family and your church believe. I've been sharing my beliefs and views with my kids even when they didn't correspond to what the law of the state was. THAT'S HOW THINGS WORK IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY (present total mess it currently is not withstanding) WE CALL THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Thank God (or whomever or whatever else you'd like to) for that.
My final argument? I'd like you to meet my good friend Jason and his husband, Giancarlo, and their kids. Please, pay him a visit. I think you'll understand why I can't say that he is not worthy of having the same CIVIC rights and responsibilities than I do as a citizen of the state of California.