Standing up for what is right.

I look around and it seems there are more tv adds, big names and signs for no to prop 8.  Maybe this is because they have big names donating big sums of money.  Regardless I talk with people face to face it seems many are undecided or quietly in agreement with what proposition 8 is about.  Why it is hard to stand up for what you know is right?

Elaine S. Dalton shared to following story in a talk she gave in April of 2008.

A young man I know well was elected to be the student body president at a large university. The university sent him to a leadership seminar where student leaders from across the United States gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to be trained and educated. They participated in an initial game outdoors on the college campus so that they could become acquainted with each other. The students were presented with current issues facing today’s youth and were asked to take a position. In response to the issue presented, they were directed to run to several trees in the grassy area marked “strongly agree,” “partially agree,” “strongly disagree,” or “mildly disagree.”

Toward the end of this exercise, the leader asked, “Do you believe in premarital sex?” Without hesitation, this young man ran to the tree marked “strongly disagree.” To his amazement, he was the only one there! All the other student leaders were laughing and pointing at him and saying, “Oh, Jess, you are so funny. We all know you’re not really serious.” At that moment Jess said he knew exactly what he must do and so he loudly declared, “I’m not funny. I’m serious!” There was a stunned silence, and then the group dispersed, leaving Jess standing alone by the tree. He felt out of place and yes, weird. But he wasn’t weird. He was right. And he was not alone. During the week, many of the student leaders came to him privately and said that they wished they had known years earlier what he knew.”

I think it is hard to stand up and say I agree with Prop 8 because it is not the popular thing, neither is it culturally acceptable not to embrace all peoples actions.  But that doesn’t excuse us from taking a stand when it isn’t popular.

And so I challenge you all to stand up for what is right.  Protect traditional marriage.  Vote Yes to 8.

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2 Comments

  1. abbyearth said

    France DENIED same-sex marriage!
    Your blog is great and I feel like asking no on 8’s:
    Hey! Got Research? Bashing, accusations, emotions are running high in this election about Prop. 8 but I’m not seeing people talk about the hard-core research. There is no hate in facts. They just are. And they are in support of yes on Prop. 8…

    The country of France did their homework. They read the research and decided to put children’s needs first because kids thrive more in a heterosexual marriage. Don’t believe me? Read the research yourself:
    http://www.journeychristianministries.org/CPA-SSA-marriage.pdf

    Thanks! http://www.abbyearth.wordpress.com

  2. Laura said

    Hey thanks for the story. Good reminder.

    The No on 8 campaign has worked very hard to get people to associate gay marriage as being in the exact same catagory as Black Civil Rights — using the legitimacy of that movement like a Trojan Horse — trying to in effect bowl everyone over who opposes gay marriage and marginalize us like we are the equivalents of racists. It’s been very effective especially since back in the 90’s when the APA started asserting homosexuality was genetic, hard wired / unchangeable.

    INterestingly, to this day, after years of research, there’s simply nothing to back that claim up. Most recently the APA has finally come out and said in its 2008 brchure on homosexuality:

    “There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”

    …but, the political movement still thrives on the old and more convincing assumptions and all of us who tactic. They want to marginalize and silence us. We have to keep talking.

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