Kevin And Don Respond To Being Self Loathing

Looking back at their journey from the Stonewall Democratic Club to Log Cabin Republicans, they claim it was one that was actually started by the democrats. After being told that marriage as not a priority on the agenda in 1995, they became disillusioned with the DEMS. For a decade they felt like they did not belong until they met the republicans of the Log Cabin Republican Club and discovered they too shared a dream of marriage equality. This blog is now a digital time capsule of their time as Republicans and moderated by a friend and supporter.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Prop 8's Ron George Author of The 21st Century Dread Scott Decision

“ ‘[A]mendment’ implies such an addition or change within the lines of the original instrument as will effect an improvement, or better carry out the purpose for which it was framed." (Livermore v. Waite (1894) 102 Cal. 113, 118-119, 36 P. 424 (Livermore).)
With all due respect to the Supreme Court of California, the Court is an ass when it comes to Strauss v. Horton 46 Cal.4th 364, 93 Cal.Rptr.3d 591, 207 P.3d 48. As the author of "Is The Proposed ‘Limit On Marriage’ Initiative Too Late?", an opinion piece published on May 21, 2008, in the Metropolitian News, I expressed my opinion and actual belief that the Court would remove the still not qualified at the time initiavie that would be later known as Proposition 8 from the ballot.
Call me stupid but I actually believed this, as incredible as it sounds, after reading the decision in In re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 Cal.4th 757 [76 Cal.Rptr.3d 683, 183 P.3d 384], which recognized gay and lesbian equality in every aspect of California law. Logically, the Hate Initiative could not be viewed as an improvement of the California Constitution, or even better, carry out the purposes for for which it was framed. We won the important right to take marriage vows as compared to appearing before a notary (which is how Domestic Partnerships are entered).
But I was mistaken, Chief Justice Ronald George authored an opinion finding that "marraige" was a mere word. The implication was immediate. Gays and lesbians were prevented from taking vows before a Justice of the Peace, Judge, or religious leader. Instead we were forced to humiliate and disrespect ourselves by having to revert to a notary in places such as a stationary shop on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.
Thankfully the Federal Court has recognized that HATE against a specific minority cannot be enshrined in a State Consitution by a mere amendment.
Now, in 2012, I was reading the Los Angleles Times on a Sunday across from my husband of going on three years (we were dating for 30 years before that), when I read about how "Prop 8 article leads to attack" against he author of the article, a college student named Destiinie Mogg-Baldwin. I then started to cry. I then turned to my trusty iPad2 and Googled her opinion piece. Destinie questioned the absurdity of Prop 8. And then I felt compelled to wirte this to let Destine that the answer to her question is that we are a HATED minority and HATE defies logic.
Destine, if you are reading this, please do not give up. Please wirte about your experience with HATE. Let others know what you have been through. With that, you will tell a piece of the mosaic that makes up our lives in the struggle for equality, and it is a struggle we will win.
God Bless You And Your Courage.