Without further delay, here's Loren's write-up:
Thursday, May 15th was a historical day for homosexuals in California because they have gained the privilege of being recognized as legally married. The California Supreme Court approved the gay marriage issue on the grounds that existing same-sex civil unions did not accurately reflect the privileges and responsibilities that a heterosexual marriage is afforded. Despite the “moral” proponents out there who wish to overturn the court's ruling, our governor promised he would not support any initiative to amend the state constitution.
Regardless of whether you are religious or not, the issue of gay marriage is important. In the legal world there are three standings: divorced, married, or single. Each status has a lasting affect on how you my live your life; from issues having to do with taxes, childcare, income, job placement, family care, etc. Yet among our 50 states, committed homosexual couples are still restricted or limited from receiving benefits associated with committed aka “married” heterosexual couples. In legal terms, a “marriage” is just a recognized “civil union”, in which case it doesn’t matter whether you're hetero or homosexual. It’s a legal contract between two people who join their assets together in order to be considered a joint entity.
Already the opposition has reared its ugly head. On Friday, I witnessed one youth with a red shirt showing the symbol of “Man + Woman = Marriage”. People are already being polarized to take these civil liberties away this coming election November in California. These people believe that such an issue should be decided by the people. W T F??? Does anyone understand how our legal system works? Do people realize that if we voted on the issue of black discrimination back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, blacks would still be non-citizens? Imagine if there was a vote to end woman’s suffrage? Not even the Northerners would support a vote to end slavery back in the 1800’s. Sometimes the majority can be wrong! Just look at what happened to a guy named Jesus around 30 A.D. We look back now and see how the majority was wrong for murdering an innocent man because some people didn’t like his message of tolerance for people.
As for me, I want the privilege of marriage. I want to provide my loving partner the legal security to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish 'till death do us part. I have always loved my soulmate, I just want to take care of him like any good husband would.
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