I just had someone at work correct me when I said that Michigan's Proposal 2 was about gay marriage. He said it wasn't about gay marriage, it was about recognizing the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. Here's the proposal:
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO SPECIFY WHAT CAN BE RECOGNIZED AS A "MARRIAGE OR SIMILAR UNION" FOR ANY PURPOSE
This proposal would:
Amend the state constitution to provide that "the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose."
It really frustrates me that people will try to rationalize their bigotry by pretending they aren't supporting discrimination. There are a lot of issues that come up where I can understand the other side. Someone disagree with me on a whole host of issues and still have my respect, but gay rights isn't one of them. Even before I knew enough about most issues to reach my own conclusions, I understood that gay people deserved the same rights as everyone else.
So thank you for teaching me all the things that have become a part of my core belief system, including basic respect for others — black or white, straight or gay, male or female. I appreciate that because I know it's right and I've never once questioned that. And it wouldn't even occur to me that this would be something out of the ordinary except, sadly, there are so many people who, as religious as they supposedly are, apparently lack these most basic, most fundamental core values. Thank you for raising me better than that.