Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Warning: Politics Ahead

Edited to add:  Warning, inarticulate political rant written by a New York liberal Jew. 

I haven't gotten political on the blog in a very long time.  That is about to change.  I have never understood why a group of people (any group of people) would choose to make it their life's mission to prevent a marriage - any marriage.  As I slowly, but surely, make my way through the decision, I find myself reduced to tears of frustration.  This is about fear.  Fear.  Fear of something you may not understand.  As I've said before the words "sanctity" and "marriage" no longer belong in the same sentence.  More than half of marriages in this great country of ours, fail.  Many of the marriages of the ultra conservative members of Congress end in divorce  (some embroiled in scandals of infidelity).  Yet, they still feel the need to "protect" marriage.  Protect it from what, I may never understand.

Take Newt Gingrich for example.  Ugh, I can't believe I'm even bothering discussing him, but I simply can't help myself.  The man has been married three times.  His current wife, was his Mistress during his second marriage.  Isn't that so romantic?  Every girls' dream come true, am I right?  Not to be a cynic, but I think everyone should have their fair shot at being married, happily or not.  As I inch towards my thirties (holy shit), I hear more and more horror stories.  Heterosexuals married in their twenties and divorced a few short years later amid stories of rampant cheating and deceit.  There are times when I myself can't imagine making it legal.  My point is, I have that choice.  I can choose to stand before the people I love and say "hey, let's be miserable together for the rest of our lives."  If a same-sex couple, wants to take that HUGE leap of faith, why would I ever stand in their way?  More power to them.  Here is a short excerpt from the decision in California finding Prop 8 unconstitutional:

[A]ll parties agree that Proposition 8 had one effect only. It stripped same sex couples of the ability they previously possessed to obtain from the State, or any other authorized party, an important right—the right to obtain and use the designation of ‘marriage’ to describe their relationships. Nothing more, nothing less… . 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. The Constitution simply does not allow for laws of this sort.
Judge Reinhardt, finding Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. (via)

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