A few days from now, you will enter the voting booth and make a decision to pour your personal beliefs onto others or not. You will have the opportunity to spread prejudice or stop it. You will have a private moment to consider opening the gates to equal rights, or slamming the door on equality. You can decide to be a part of the recent America or the great nation that really means “with liberty and justice for all”.
You will have the chance to combine church and state but cast shadows on millions of homes who want the same rights as you have. Take a moment to think hard about your vote. Perhaps your version of Christianity says it’s a sin to be gay, because I’ve met many wonderful Christians that feel God loves all and wants justice for all.
Perhaps you might consider the sad fact that many teenage suicides are directly linked to homosexuality. Perhaps you did not know that voting YES ON 8 strengthens hate crimes. No? Well if we can dehumanize someone and take away their rights to get married, why should we treat them like human-beings in other ways? Why not hit them when we have a bad day? Why not gay-bash someone to prove our manhood?
Maybe you will take a moment to consider that you CAN be a Christian, a great Christian, and you can live your life between a man and woman, and you CAN teach you kids that’s what a family should be, and you realize that gay marriage will not break your family. Perhaps you will see that giving others the right to get married will never hurt your home, but only build better relationships between two great communities. Perhaps you might even be enlightened enough to realize that God or your version of higher power does not want you to stop justice for anyone else but to live your life with peace and dignity.
Maybe you’ll vote NO because one day you COULD have a gay child. 10% already do. Maybe your vote will affect someone you have not yet met. Maybe you voting NO ON 8, might let one kid reconsider suicide because he/she will feel valued by society. Maybe you will enlighten a young man or woman to be their best and reach for unbelievable achievements because they felt like society’s equal.
When I enter the booth I will think that with voting NO ON 8, I will deny more power for the government. I will know that my vote will speak for all minorities, even those too scared to fight for rights or those not yet targeted. Perhaps if we give the government permission to stop two white men from getting married, you will have stolen equality from any woman, muslim, jew, hindu, obese, handicapped, etc…. Perhaps, you feel that you are a Christian male and life will never be unjust for you. And you feel that you do not have to worry about the government encroaching on your personal life, you’re probably right. But lets hope you think about your neighbors, co-workers, and your fellow man while in the booth also.
If the government can stop 2 white males from getting married, do you think we made it easier for them to ban the Holy Quran? If we were convinced that the gays want to teach our children homosexuality, wouldn’t it be easy to convince America that the Muslims will teach violence to our kids too? Can the govt. place the Quran on the banned book list also? No? Maybe? Maybe we can spread the lies further and say the Jews will make every man, woman, and child spin the dradel and sing Hannukah songs? Silly? Not possible? Armenians once could not own land in LA and the Japanese were sent to camps for their “safety”. Did we make it easier for them to make a decision on a woman’s body for her? Did we just … ???
Are we really that prehistoric? Are we that ignorant? I don’t think so. I like to believe that many of you were brainwashed by misleading TV ads.
This is not about gays or God. This is about the government getting too much power and it has everything to do with the church and state “marrying” again. Lets keep them apart.
It’s not about Gays, Guns, or God. Its about being a part of the human race and wanting human rights for all.
Please vote NO on 8.