National Protest

The very first time I voted was March 3, 1992. It was the Democratic primary in my state and my 18th birthday. My friend Rachel turned 18 the following day and was honestly sadened that she would not be able to vote in the primary (especially since it was her mom that knew you could register to vote before your 18th birthday if you would be 18 on voting day).

That fall as I proudly cast my ballot for the next president, Coloradans passed a deplorable amendment

Neither the state of Colorado, through any of its branches or departments, nor any of its agencies, political subdivisions, municipalities or school districts, shall enact, adopt or enforce any statute, regulation, ordinance or policy whereby homosexual, lesbian or bisexual orientation, conduct, practices or relationships shall constitute or otherwise be the basis of, or entitle any person or class of persons to have or claim any minority status, quota preferences, protected status or claim of discrimination. This Section of the Constitution shall be in all respects self-executing.

Thankfully, it was eventually overturned as unconstitutional. And now, 16 years later the people of the great state of California passed their own hate law.

On Saturday November 15, my children and I will go to Denver to protest California’s Proposition 8. We’ll do it for Rachel and her partner and their baby that is due any day now. We’ll do it for every family that is not given equal protection under the law.

If you’re unsure why you should be against Prop 8, go meet Lesbian Dad and her family. Her family that is not given the same reverence and protection that my own family receives. If you think only liberals and homosexuals are anti-prop 8, Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is against it.

And please, don’t be naive and think this doesn’t affect you because you are hetero or because you don’t live in California. If there’s anything that the recent economic downturn has taught us is that we are all in this together.

8 smart people left their mark:

  1. Lynn, 13. November 2008, 16:33

    Somebody I know…from a religous group central to Utah… said they were proud of us Californians that passed 8. Specifically:

    “We’ve been contacting any friends that we have in California to let them know why they should support Prop 8, and praying that the people of California will support families and the freedom to have moral beliefs. Good luck!”

    I’m amazed… “freedom to have moral beliefs”? So those of us who don’t support 8… we don’t support families and we don’t support the freedom for moral beliefs?

    Actually… people that supported 8 don’t believe in basic civil rights for all people. The only reason they supported 8 was to validate their own existence.

    Sorry, makes me mad that a country could go backwards.

    Doesn’t it also astound you that California ain’t as liberal as you thought it was??

    Lynns last blog post..Not all jobs are created equal

  2. Pamela, 13. November 2008, 17:12

    I think it’s fabulous that there is a lawsuit in progress to strip the LDS of their 501c(3) status. Churches can’t fund legislation. Now they can be the for-profit they always knew they were.

    Pamelas last blog post..just doing my part to make a difference in the life of a poor, helpless bunny. that’s all i’m doing here.

  3. Halimah, 14. November 2008, 6:56

    As you know, our fantasy love-muffin Keith Olbermann hit the nail on the head with his Special Comment the other night. I remember the uproar by VT conservatives before we passed the first US Civil Union law in 2000…the “Take Back Vermont” people. Naturally I was in the “Take Vermont Forward” group.

    Prop 8 is BULLSHIT.

    Halimahs last blog post..Keith and Love

  4. Halimah, 14. November 2008, 6:59

    Oh – I forgot this bit – during the high tourist season here, the Take Back Vt yardsigns were interpreted by leaf-peepers and others to buy maple syrup, and other VT goodies….lmao!

    Halimahs last blog post..Keith and Love

  5. Kim, 14. November 2008, 8:02

    I’m glad you’re going to protest this despicable legislation. I haven’t heard of similar protests in my state. I do hope that it’s overturned! (PS Found you through NaBloPoMo blogroll. I’ll keep checking back.)

    Kims last blog post..Ugh! a migraine

  6. Real Life Fairy Tale Princess, 14. November 2008, 9:35

    Total pet peeve of mine!! You’ve just nailed my rant for the day when I get to it. I’ll definately be promoting the protest, even though I won’t be able to make it to our local group tomorrow. This whole thing is simply ridiculous!

    Real Life Fairy Tale Princesss last blog post..For Mom

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  8. Rachel C., 3. December 2008, 21:41

    Cat, I had forgotten that I couldn’t vote in that primary in 1992! Thank you for your moving posts on this topic. I was, and remain, truly devasted that Prop 8 passed. I put everything I had into defeating it, and the loss has taken the fight out of me. It means so much that people far away remember us and are still willing to press forward. It gives me hope. Love, Rachel (PS, our healthy and happy baby was born on 11/15!)