Monday, October 27, 2008

Jumping in - Prop 8

I think about a lot of things - like California's Proposition 8, today because I passed a group of sign carrying supporters on the way home today - but I seldom write much of it down. As a result I find myself thinking in circles; going over the same ground again without making much advance. If I talk about my ideas - often with my brother, a man of singular wit and insight - I can move on to the next step in the current process. My brother is busy with two very energetic children so I need to take a bit more initiative.

OK, about Prop 8:

It is titled "The Defense of Marriage Act." If passed it would limit the definition of marriage in California to one man and one woman.

Well, my marriage is doing fine, thank you. I've been married to Madam for almost fifteen years, now.

I see the situation quite the opposite of the proponents. I need to verify the following assumption (vague memory?): at one time, in the past, my marriage would not have been permitted. I am Caucasian, my wife is not. At one time there was a line between adults who were permitted to wed and those who were not. Proposition 8 would put the line back - albeit in a different position, for now. Where the line stands is not the problem - the problem is the existence of the line.

Telling me that my marriage won't possibly be in that kind of trouble, we are civilized people, after all, won't wash. I claim the right to marry whom I want, along as he or she is an adult and agrees to it. The marriage format of everyone else poses no threat to mine - I do enough of that myself by failing to keep my mouth shut at the right time.


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