When Prop 8— the reversal of the legalization of same-sex marriage that was already in effect at that time— came on the ballot some years ago during elections, I voted against it. I wanted to test myself if I’m able to separate church from state as it should always be at this point, however, living in a state that is predominantly Roman Catholic, I guess there will be some certain issues that separation of church and state isn’t applicable, even if it’s in a very liberal state such as California.
Yup, that’s California. Predominantly Catholic and predominantly liberal. Our last few governors and our current governor (Jerry Brown) are all Catholic and liberal (well, Arnold Schwarzenegger is Catholic but a Republican so he doesn’t count). I’m Catholic and partially liberal. The “partially” part makes me one of the “middle of the road” individuals who stand at an equal number of conservative and liberal values. My devotion to Roman Catholicism makes me a conservative, but my belief in the separation of church and state makes me liberal. Does that make sense?
Moving back on subject. In my semi-conservative family, only my mom was the one who voted for the proposition. She has nothing against the LGBT community at all and she doesn’t see anything wrong with having two gays living together under the same roof, but she didn’t like the definition change of what a marriage should be like. She’s always believed that the term “marriage” is the permanent (?) unity between a man and a woman. It’s always been like that for centuries and centuries of world history and it applies throughout all the different ethnic societies around the world. She compared the legalization of gay marriages to the infamous Cultural Revolution back in China where communist Maoists marched throughout China to ban and destroy everything anything that would remind them of the “old and ancient” China and create a brand-new modern culture that benefits all Chinese citizens regardless of background and social standing. She felt that legalizing gay marriage in the first place was like getting rid of the traditional definition and aspect of marriage, that is, the marriage that the whole world knows up to today.
My dad and I argued with her regarding the subject, even though she did have a point there. We’re talking about human equal civil rights here. Not legalizing gay marriage is pretty much discriminatory and taking fundamental rights of the LGBT community. The LGBT community is not a religious group where they have their own scriptures and have their own marriage practices and then consider it legit to the eyes of society and the state and federal government. It just doesn’t work that way. That’s why the gay marriage issue has been up in the air for years (maybe decades?) now. We are talking about equality among citizens here, in general.
And if you think about it, isn’t Prop. 8 unconstitutional in the first place on the basis of discrimination?
Now, if I lived in a country where everything is truly, staunchly conservative then the high level of conservatism in that country’s society, then that would truly affect my way of thinking regarding issues such as gay marriage and would’ve voted in favor of not allowing same-sex marriage. This is the United States, where all religions are welcome, all people of all backgrounds are welcome without discrimination. The LGBT community isn’t an ethnic race from another country. There are American citizens of all different colors and background in there, as well as non-American citizens who have come out of the closet and those who still has yet to emerge from the closet.
Now that Prop 8 is in Supreme Court and currently a split decision, the battle is just the beginning.