1.11.2010

A Quick Thought...

Today the federal trial of Prop H8's constitutionality began. I've been obsessively following Twitter feeds and reading liveblogging of the morning's arguments, since the bigots managed to get their collective undies in a big enough twist to have the recording/internet posting of the trial postponed until Wednesday, when SCOTUS will make a ruling on whether or not it will be allowed at all. This is, mind you, after nearly 140,000 people wrote in declaring they wanted the trial televised, and only 32 wrote in and said don't do it. For every pro-H8 supporter who wanted the cameras out, there were 4,375 advocates for transparency. And yet they still got SCOTUS to stall it. Sigh. And they say they're the oppressed ones.

But something that keeps coming up in the pro-H8's arguments this morning, is the idea of "protecting the children" by denying LGBs marriage equality. Remember the "Protect our children. Restore Marriage." ads during the campaign? The idea that children will somehow be harmed by same-sex marriage and need protecting from it? It's been brought up again and again by the pro-H8 side. And this time, I just want to ask...

What about the gay children? Many gay and lesbian and bisexual people have known their orientation from an early age. If they're protecting children by denying us rights, what about those children to whom they are ALSO denying rights? They're "protecting" gay children from being equal citizens under the law. They're "protecting" these children from the dreams of growing up and getting married that so many kids have. Personally? Realizing one's dreams of future happiness is a pretty shitty thing to "protect" someone against. Gay children are children too. And they deserve the protection of equality.

3 comments:

The Ex said...

I'm sorry dear, but their inadequacies and fears don't allow for even gay *children* to have happiness and fulfillment. Just gotta keep hitting them below the belt, hope their lack of children will eventually have the righteous win out on numbers.

Also, punching each one somewhere uncomfortable, maybe their fears will change from us altering their cherished belief system to fearing us hurting them more. I don't mind that, personally.

dare2believe said...

You are absolutely right.
Also, I really don't understand the kind of thinking that goes on behind the don't marry for the children.
What, is a child better off without a family that with same-sex parents? And how do same-sex parents hurt the child? Because other children will tease them for it? Well, news flash, children tease each other all the time for the most unlikely reason. Yes, a child may be teased for having "different" parents, but so what?

WitchWords said...

I've heard people bring up the "But other children will tease them!" nonissue with gay marriage, dare2believe. To which I always respond, "That's not a problem with gay marriage. That's a problem with people teaching their children prejudice."

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