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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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Tolerance

I have a two year old.  He is a gashes kid.  No matter how I try and explain that it is not nice to make load toots in public he doesn’t get it.  And so I have those embarrassing moments with my kid.  He now quietly says “excuse me” when a fluff escapes.  I don’t care how cute his excuse me is, it is still embarrassing.  I don’t think it should be socially acceptable to fart wherever you feel so inclined.  But we live in a country where we are expected to be tolerance of everyone’s choices.  Granted at two it could be argued that he doesn’t understand his choice.

Wither homosexuality is caused by nurture or nature or a combo of both is not really part of why we should vote for Prop 8.  What makes someone homosexual is a total different discussion.  But the choice to act out on that drive is just that, a choice.  Unlike my two year old those who are choosing to sleep-with, live-with, marry…people of the same-sex are aware they are making that choice.  Because of our society we are encouraged to embrace homosexual actions with open arms.  But that still doesn’t make it right.

A title is gained from allowing same sex couples to marry.  The consequences to society are much boarded then that.

As a side note, I find it ever so ironic that the war cry for those against prop 8 is love, tolerance and acceptance.  But not all are living what they preach.  There are many incidents of vandalism, theft and even violets against supporting prop 8.  It drives me crazy to see damaged or graffiti signs (regardless of what the issue or side is).  We live in a country where there is freedom of speech.  Let people speak without destroying their statement.


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My amazing gay cousin

A little more then a year a go my cousin went north to get married to his partner, seeing he couldn’t do the deed here.   He is an exceptional individual.  A supportive sibling, cousin, uncle, son…wonderful person.  The marriage that took place in Canada symbolizes that my cousin and partner are committed to each other and want to be together for the rest of their lives.  This is admirably enough.  But civil unions would do the same, and the additional consequences to redefining marriage are many and alarming.  Traditional marriage is a symbol.  As much as I love my cousin, I don’t want what marriage represents historically to change.

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