Here we go again:
In the 70s, I was saddened by the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, the ERA, which stated simply that Equal Rights under the law could not be denied based on gender. Something like that.
The Mormon Church was instrumental in getting that Amendment defeated. The idea of Equal Rights for all is so benign, so gentle, so respectful of the dignity of all human beings. How could the
Church possibly have believed otherwise?
I married my partner Jan on August 28 at the Beverly Hills Court House. We have been together for fourteen years. We now have FULL AND COMPLETE protection under the law for our partnership: rights to inherit, rights to visit one another in the hospital. A long list.
The ads for Prop 8 are lying when they say that we had full civil rights under our Domestic Partnership. That is just simply not true.
AN OUTRIGHT LIE.
I grew up in the state of Utah and as a member of the Church. I remember thinking as a child: why do the boys only get to pass the sacrament?
So, you see, at a very young age, I noticed that women in the Church are second class citizens.
At a very young age, I considered certain things I was learning to be irrational. How is God going to sort out all the families in the afterlife? I mean, who is really going to be living with whom? Do we live with our birth families or with our marriage families?
Just as those things are irrational, in my opinion, so is the Church’s support of Prop 8. It does seem quite irrational to be against marriage between two loving members of the same sex and to have a belief in polygamy in the afterlife.
And it almost goes without saying (but I shall say it anyway) that the Church’s involvement in politics is really pushing the envelope when it comes to the separation of Church and State.
I was married for ten years. Out of that marriage came a lovely, gentle, bright, gifted Lesbian daughter. How her love for her partner threatens anything or anyone is beyond my comprehension.
As I mentioned earlier, I am in a committed same-sex relationship myself.
Jan and I are gentle, thoughtful, loving people. We are responsible: we pay our bills; we vote; we are good to our neighbors.
And here’s the thing really: we are both retired high school teachers. Do you know that neither of us ever considered trying to “recruit” any of our students?
Do you think, by the way, that a gay person would actually choose to be gay when you think about all the disadvantages?
I find your support of Prop 8 lacking in Christian charity, grace and love.