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lil_shepherd
I don't normally link to metaquotes because - well, if you are interested in the funnies/profundity/both you may already be a member, and, besides, most of the stuff on the com is only worth a quick glance.

However, this

http://community.livejournal.com/metaquotes/6923862.html#cutid1

post on Proposition 8 drops straight into the profound category.
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Very good post.

I'm very optimistic that there will be found a road around it. And there is a great deal of energy toward yanking the tax exempt status of the churches that helped fund the yes-on campaign. Also toward hitting them in the pocketbook where they'll notice it best (the Mormon Church owns Cinemark theaters, one of our major US theater chains). My sister (who is a gay activist) went to a Long Beach protest yesterday and is going to an LA one tomorrow -- both were/will be attended by a lot of people from all communities. The tide is turning. Maybe this is what was needed to finally knock down the final real barrier of prejudice in this state.

Edited at 2008-11-15 07:41 am (UTC)

I commented at the original poster's LJ:

The post is lovely, but I think it's wrong.

I think that one of the reasons Prop. 8 and similar measures succeed is because people don't realize that what civil marriage is, under the law, is indeed a legal contract. And that's all it is.

"Marriage" in any other forum, in any other context, than under the law can be whatever those involved--whether the parties, their relatives, their cultural group, their church, whoever--want it to be. It can be family, but people have varying definitions--some contradictory--of "family." So if you claim that marriage is family, you limit it to one's definition of "family," and you're right back where you started.

Marriage under the law is a legal contract, period. As such, there is no reason to limit who can participate in it, except that they must have the mental capacity to make a contract. Saying that it is anything more is playing into the hands of those who would put other limitations on it.

(I do, however, agree that a more effective fight against Prop. 8 might have been made by showing the effects that it would have.)

Teh Keith is a god and we expect it from him...

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