Women Voice Discontent Over Passage of Prop 8
The past few days since Proposition 8 was passed have been remarkable. What’s surprised me most are the number of women I know who are pretty united in their anger and sadness over the passage of the anti-marriage amendment to the California state constitution.
Ying, in Utah, writes:
“Even from this wacko state that I live in, there are many that are opposed to “8” and just this last weekend, LDS Mothers Against 8 rallied in SLC.”
Last night, a text from my friend Alexis:
“RU coming 2 the rally? We have 2 show them that they can’t take away our rights.”
My mom writes:
“I can’t even imagine the hurt you and Bronson must be feeling today after California citizens voted to pass Prop 8. You and Bronson are in [our] thoughts and prayers. We pray that together we will seek to find a peace that brings us to open a dialogue respectful of one another’s values.”
Janet in Hollywood says:
“I just watched your video on Prop 8, and am sitting at my computer in tears, swimming in frustration at the ignorance of our close minded country. I am SO SORRY that that horrible bill passed and I just want you to know that we will FIGHT it. I find your marriage inspirational and I absolutely recognize it, whether or not the courts are ready to.”
In the few moments I’ve witnessed the civil rights movement in action, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at the number of “normal” people who do get it and who, like Barack Obama, believe that equality for gays and lesbians “is a moral imperative.” Perhaps it’s precisely because women know what discrimination feels like that they’re so in tune with our struggle.