(h/t to the Bilerico Project)
The discussion for and against Proposition 8 has been sort of schitzophrenic. By that I mean they are at once interesting and boring. It’s a lot of the usual. From both sides. This is not to suggest the arguments against Prop. 8 are not valid; I think they are, but they somewhat miss the mark. To be clear, the ones in support are without exception completely bogus.
There’s a guy, a writer performer named Prince Gomolvilas, who lives in Los Angeles and has operated a blog called Bamboo Nation since 2005. In a recent post, he recalled a chat with a friend and one topic in their chat was Prop. 8.
This is, without question the best argument I have seen/heard/read in opposition to this most harmful ballot initiative. Following are some excerpts. I seriously recommend you read the entire post. It genuinely is worth your time.
Arguments against same-sex marriage, at their core, have never been about the institution itself. They’re fundamentally about homosexuality. So if you look underneath the shiny surface, “preserving the sanctity of marriage” is not the real issueâ€”the aim is to attack sexual orientation, to disapprove of sexual identity, and to legalize discrimination, which is far more insidious and which will set this country back decades.
There are people out there who want to change the law to designate an entire class of people as unequal to, as less than, every other class of people. If we lose this battle, I don’t care that we’re losing marriage; I care that you and I will, in the eyes of the law, be inferior to everyone else. And when our opponents see that our inferiority is validated by the government, it will allow them to continue on their path of dehumanizing us. That’s what denying a class of people an equal right does. It dehumanizes them. And it is the dehumanization of a group that creates a culture in which people feel that it is okay to yell “fag” at me when I’m walking down the street; that it is okay for kids to be bullied and beaten at school; that it is okay for a jeering mob to incite a gay 17-year-old to commit suicide by jumping off a building. These things happen because gays are demonized. And gays are demonized when they’re made out to be an inferior class of people. And they are made out to be an inferior class of people when they are not allowed the same rights as everyone else.
The rights, benefits, and acceptance that you are allowed and that you enjoy and that you take for granted as a gay man are the result of historyâ€”history created by regular people, just like you and me, who weren’t activists or politicians or crusaders. They were people who came out of the closet decades before us in a time when it was social suicide to do so; they were high school students who met opposition when they tried to start gay-straight alliances to foster tolerance at their schools; and they are the millions of people, gay and straight, who will vote no on Proposition 8 on November 4, 2008. The latter act is indeed a modest act, but one that will have far-reaching ramifications. One vote may be a footnote in our lives, but that footnote will explain how we stood up for what is fair, what is just, and what is humane. The story of lives reveal the scope of our history; the footnotes give us depth.
Thank you, Prince, for your undeniably accurate, insightful and inspirational words.