Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Equality Wins!

As I was looking at YAHOO News today I stumbled on an article that made me cheer!  If you remember a few years ago, California allowed gays to marry.  It was a huge victory, and thousands of gay couples finally had the RIGHT to exercise their rights as Americans to get married.  A few months later their was a group that wanted to take that right away.  It was called "Prop 8," and it passed.  So as quickly as they got the right - it was taken away. 

It was a sad moment for America.  I am not wanting to debate the morality of being gay.  It is not about whether you think it is right or wrong.  America is DENYING a right to her citizens!  This should make all Americans furious after our long history of discrimination.  I guess as a US Government teacher, an American, and human being I don't understand why anyone would support this?

Well this week gay couples in California got another huge victory.  The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down the state's ban on gay marriage!  Here is a little from the ruling:

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples," Judge Reinhardt wrote in the decision.

I couldn't say it better.  Gays are citizens of this country and we can't deny them their rights!  It only lessens the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians!  Yay 9th Circuit Court!  Here is the article if you want to read the whole thing:  Article about California not being able to ban gay marriage

Ellen Degeneres articulates it so well why gay couples should have the right to get married!  She takes the political stance and the rights that are being denied!  This was in 2008 when John McCain was running for president, and he is against Gay Marriage.  Ellen had some questions for him!

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