Make Love Not Laws

As promised, I took my kids to a national protest against California’s proposition 8. We went to one in Boulder, not Denver, as I decided that being on familiar turf would give me an advantage with bathrooms and food options. It was awesome. A nice sized crowd given that there was college football today (that tends to keep non-game attending folks away, there’s only one major road in & out of Boulder).

There are over a thousand federal laws that treat married people differently from single people (Wikipedia). One thousand. You cannot tell me that I deserve 1,000 accommodations because I am married to Peter and not Paula. There are so many things that we take for granted. If Peter were in the hospital I would have access to him and have knowledge of his care. If I were in a relationship with a woman, I would have no protection for that. If Peter died tomorrow I would receive bereavement days from my employer and payments from the federal government to help care for our children. If I were in a relationship with a woman, I would have no protection and no financial safety net.

Why? And more importantly, why is that okay?

As usual, the poignant Keith Olbermann has something to say.

Then spread happiness—this tiny, symbolic, semantical grain of happiness—share it with all those who seek it. Quote me anything from your religious leader or book of choice telling you to stand against this. And then tell me how you can believe both that statement and another statement, another one which reads only “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

3 smart people left their mark:

  1. Maggie's Mind, 16. November 2008, 3:48

    Amazing, 1000. I didn’t know it was 1000. I just knew that to try to arrange legally what would become automatic with marriage takes the help of lawyers and often a bunch of money. Even then it’s still not the same as a marriage would be because of things like social security benefits. Why can’t we just let people love who they love and become as legally entangled with that person as they wish regardless of who has which body parts? Try as I might, I’ll never understand the opposition, especially while we claim separation of church. Thank you for standing up and making your voice heard.

    Maggie’s Minds last blog post..Weekly Winners 11/16/08

  2. Halimah, 16. November 2008, 18:47

    I too am at a loss. No, it’s not okay. It’s a selfish and fear-based whole lotta wrong.

    Halimahs last blog post..Keith and Love

  3. Leslie, 17. November 2008, 0:09

    I loved Keith Olbermann’s special comment on Proposition 8 and gay marriage in general. He summed up my feelings exactly.