Differentiated rights? The unfortunate passing of Proposition 8 November 5, 2008Posted by Raul in random thoughts.
Since last night, the United States of America (and the world) are celebrating the historic Presidential win of Senator Barack Obama, President-Elect of the USA. At the same time that the US voters prove to the world that they are ready to welcome an African American to the White House, they also prove that they are NOT ready to recognize that every citizen has the same rights, regardless of sexual orientation. I am APPALLED.
So, we now have differentiated rights? I can’t believe that in a society that prides itself in values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The win by Senator Obama is a wonderful victory for the US, but it’s unfortunately also colored by the darkness of Proposition 8, “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry“.
I was on the bus talking to a couple of wonderful and intelligent ladies and in our conversation, I mentioned that Senator Obama’s win is a stepping stone for civil rights in the US, and that maybe, one day, the world’s most powerful country may be led by a gay man (or woman, for that matter), and one of these ladies indicated that, were this to happen, this might signal the real coming of age of the US.
When there is really no distinction based on skin color, or who we choose to love. I wish we were closer to that day. And I seriously hope that President Obama will help advance the rights of many LGBT voters who, too, chose him as their president, and who have EVERY RIGHT to marry. Because nobody can deny the freedom to love. NOBODY. And in the mean time, all states who approved California Proposition 8 (and similar ones by Arizona, etc. that eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry) – GROW UP ALREADY.