I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. Having lived there for the first 18+ years of my life I was exposed to homosexuality, probably a lot more than a lot of other people.
There's that old African proverb, that "it takes a village to raise a child." Well, my village consisted of a few people that were homosexual. Luckily, I learned at an early age that people, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, race, and yes, even sexual orientation, are...people. And every person deserves to be treated the same, regardless of the aforementioned differences.
Last week, my home state of California, which was a "blue state" for Barack Obama, also passed Proposition 8, legislation that bans gay marriage. I've had the "gay" debate with people numerous times, especially since I've been going to school in Hawaii (including with the co-creator of this blog).
I knew I wanted to talk about the passing of Prop. 8 on this website, but I didn't know how to do it in a way that was coherent or articulate. Then I saw a video on Keith Olbermann's show "Countdown" on MSNBC that essentially took the words out of my mouth.
Don't get me wrong, I agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, with that being said, there will be many times when other people's opinions will not be the same as mine. I do not think lowly of the people that are against gay marriage, I do not think that they are ignorant or stupid, it's just that I don't understand how people can deny their fellow people basic, human rights. No matter what any anti-gay marriage supporter tells me, I will never be able to wrap my mind around that notion. So to those people, I ask you to watch this video. Not to re-evaluate your position, not to answer the questions proposed in it. Just to watch.