Hope will never be silent. - Harvey Milk
Today I came across a beautiful, thoughtful article in Newsweek, "The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage." In it, the conservative Ted Olson - who is trying to persuade a federal court to invalidate California's Proposition 8 - writes, "Americans who believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence, in Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in the 14th Amendment, and in the Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and equal dignity before the law cannot sit by while this wrong continues. This is not a conservative or liberal issue; it is an American one, and it is time that we, as Americans, embraced it." Please check out this article here.
Now I may be as liberal as the day is long, but I have friends and family of all political backgrounds and try to stay open to all sides of every discussion. However, for so many of us, this issue comes down to civil rights, plain and simple. Love is love and I support it.
Someday, when we are old, we will look back and be ashamed that we allowed this to happen. Whatever your beliefs are, stand up for them and fight for the rights of your fellow human beings.
There is also a great article in The New York Times about Ted Olson - A Conservative’s Road to Same-Sex Marriage Advocacy. Check it out here.
If you happen to be against gay marriage, I urge you to go ahead and read one of these articles anyway. What can it hurt? :)