Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Write to Marry

Today happens to be my 14th wedding anniversary. I'm lucky enough to be married (in my opinion) to the world's most wonderful man - the father of my children, my best friend, not to mention, my own personal in-house IT consultant.

On our street, there are 3 couples who aren't so lucky. They can't get married. They are in love - they live together - (and for all I know one of them provides free in-home technology consulting for the other.) But they are of the same gender. So, by law, they can't get married.

I am a big believer in a caring, loving God. My God doesn't discriminate. In fact, my God identifies most with the outcasts, the downtrodden, the "Different." (Let me tell you, my God *really* liked me in 7th grade...)

So, I don't understand - I really don't understand - why my cool & wonderful neighbors can't get married. They are committed and devoted. They are smart. They pay taxes. They are kind. They don't even care that half the bushes in my yard are dead.

We had a similar vote in Wisconsin 4 years ago. I can't remember if we were supposed to vote "yes" or "no" - but the end result was a ban on some marriages. I was sorely disappointed.

I have to think that the people who voted against marriage hadn't met my neighbors. Because if they had, how could they possibly be against it?

I am hoping that California votes differently.


Bridgett said...

My neighbors, who sound just like yours, gave up on the idea that it would ever change. They moved to Europe two years ago. My block of moms and dads and school aged kids is less for it.

It is my biggest problem with my church, in fact. The more we learn about science and the idea of orientation, the less it seems like the church is "right" about this.

Amy in CA said...

Happy anniversary! I just voted by mail - and of course I chose NO on Prop 8. Just so you know. :)

susan said...

Happy anniversary! Thanks for your post.

susan said...

whoops, hit return too fast. I meant to say your block sounds a lot like the midwestern block I just moved away from. I miss it.