In case you haven’t heard, Kenneth Star, otherwise known as the lawyer who tried to bring President Clinton down, has filed a lawsuit to nullify all of the same-sex marriages that happened before Proposition 8 was passed. My only thought is…why? Why does it matter so much that men can’t marry men and women can’t marry women? Why are these people not allowed the same civil rights as the rest of us?
18,000 marriages were legalized between June and November of 2009. When Prop 8 passed, the FBI began investigating the Mormon church since our Constitution is quite clear on the division between church and state. Their findings? That the influence of the Mormon church was significantly more then the $2,864 they initially admitted to. And by significantly I’m talking tens of millions of dollars. So now what? While the FBI continues to investigate the legality of what the Mormon church did, Ken Star is allowed to annul the marriages of 36,000 innocent people? In what galaxy in this okay?
What I don’t understand is why more people aren’t fighting this. This is not just a gay problem. Whether you want to see it or not, this is a discrimination that could be targeted upon any of us. One day it was about skin color. But people fought this and ended slavery, ended segregation, and made sure that all men, black and white, were able to vote. And then we had to fight for the rights of women because some people believed that creatures who give birth shouldn’t be allowed to have a say in government. In 1920 the 19th Amendment was finally passed and equality was ours. And here we are again, only this time the discrimination is against people who fall in love with someone of their own gender. But next it could be against people who have HIV. Or maybe against women who don’t have children. Maybe people will start blaming all their problems on gypsies and Jewish people again. Perhaps even the rights of us dumb blonds will someday be questioned.
This might sound silly now, but the truth of the matter is, if we let hatred or fear take away the civil rights of even one group of people, we are all at risk. Taking no action is no different from condoning their prejudices. I urge you to consider carefully what you believe in as right or wrong. And if you think that it’s wrong to take away the rights of a group of people based on their sexual preferences, then do something about it. Do not stay silent. Fight what Kenneth Star is trying to take away. 18,000 marriages took place and their legality should be immutable.
Sign this letter. Do something now! Courage Campaign – CA Supreme Court
And a special thank you to the reader who attached this You Tube video in his comments. It’s a great message and I urge everyone to take a few minutes to watch it and smile. Remember, we’re all in this together.