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Prop 8 - Misunderstanding of words?

The day that Prop 8 was passed (together with Obama becoming the first black president) was described by a writer like the opening paragraph from Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities.."It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." True, Americans went past race (slight blame on the lingering recession) but they still have a very rigid hold on their view about homosexuality.

"Proposition 8 was a California State ballot proposition that amended the state Constitution to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman. It overrode a recent California Supreme Court decision that had recognized same-sex marriage in California as a fundamental right. The official ballot title language for Proposition 8 is "Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry." The entirety of the text to be added to the constitution was: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

My opinion about Prop 8? I think they just have to redefine what gay people are asking for. Marriage even in this day and age, still conjures image of religion.. "what God has joined....". I think God (or whatever Deity you believe in) will not frown upon two people who want to spend their lives together in love. Even if biologically they cannot have kids. Does that mean that barren people cannot get married?

I think rather than marriage, gay people are asking to be recognized legally. They want to share properties, have insurance policies for their partners and share the same benefits as hetero-couples. Life partnership as opposed to the term marriage. Ok, let's accept Prop 8 but let's have another law that recognize partners to have the same legal rights as hetero couples.

I am not sure how legality will evolve with the changing times. But it surely will change in the coming years or so. We just have to be patient and wait for the lifestyle to be in the norm.... unti na lang yan.. :)



jazi said…
"I think rather than marriage, gay people are asking to be recognized legally. They want to share properties, have insurance policies for their partners and share the same benefits as hetero-couples. "

- very well said :) this has also been one of those that we were made to point out in our debate :)
Toni said…
Korak! :) ingat lagi jazi! rock on atty ;)

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