Today, Judge Walker in California made his ruling on Proposition 8, and the news is good for our camp. Prop 8 has officially been overturned! Who knows how long it will last, but let's enjoy the reprieve while we have it.
I really admire him for what he said about it:
"Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians. The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite-sex couples."Morals are wonderful to have. As one nation under God, I think morals founded this country and have guided us through history. But like so many other things in this world, morality is subject to personal opinion, and opinions differ far too often. That's why we have checks and balances, and judicial review. I am personally grateful that the morals of Judge Walker guided him to the decision he made. I'm glad that he sees civil rights as more important than segregation and double standards.
I pray for good people in government. I am grateful for the religious freedom people have to go to church and cultivate morals and standards. I pray that churches of all faiths teach the same compassion and love for mankind that our Savior has for each and every one of us.
And tonight, I pray with gratitude for good men like Judge Walker.
I'm sure there are many who are disappointed by today's ruling. To those people, I say this:
Look into my eyes and tell me I'm not equal. Stand next to me and tell me I do not have the right to marry the person I love. Tell me I'm not the same as you, that I'm not good enough, that you deserve to have the privileges that I don't. Tell me that my love is irrelevant compared to yours. If you were here, if you knew me, if you had to say that to my familiar face, I don't think you could.
I am a person. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am an aunt. I am a friend. I am an employee. I am a student. I am not a nameless, faceless, ominous threat. I am real, and so is my love, and my desire to one day marry the person I love. The fact that the person I love is a girl should be the only thing that is irrelevant.
Step outside of your own shoes. Stop thinking about how the country is going to hell in a hand basket. Stop worrying that your children will be corrupted because two men or two women can marry. I promise you, that is not the case. If your children have questions, it's your job to answer them. But no one can verbally persuade someone to be gay or not gay. My parents can't talk me out of it. They can't talk my sisters into it. It's up to you to teach, and I hope when you do, you teach love instead of hate.
Love conquers hate, and that's what is propping me up tonight.