Here are things I don’t get in the wake of the Proposition 8 ruling:
1) Why people oppose gay marriage.
2) How the right to marry under the law is not a civil right.
3) Why we would ever want people to vote on the civil rights of the minority.
4) Why any time a judge rules in favor of a “liberal” cause they are activist. But when they rule for something “conservative” it is following the Constitution. Gay having the right to the benefits of marriage under the law = tyranny. Corporations being treated like individuals who need to protected by the 1st amendment = judicial prudence.
5) Why people even care if gay people have the right to marry (I mean, the people who oppose it, of course. How does it hurt them or have ANY effect on them at all?)
6) Why people refuse to study the history of marriage in America. See this book. Her thesis? Marriage has ALWAYS been used in this country to define who is or who isn’t a “citizen”. Surprise, she was a witness for the prosecution in the Prop 8 trial.
7) How people who are pissed about the ruling don’t understand that the defense didn’t put a case. They presented almost nothing. And what they presented, well, it was embarrassing.
8 ) How, if you are against gay marriage, you can seriously believe that you aren’t homophobic. If you ever have to say, “I’m not a homophobe, but…”, you are. That’s all.
9) Why people are wasting money, time, resources, etc., fighting to keep gay people from getting married. What is it about?
10) How people can think that the system of government or the courts failed them with this ruling. Yeah, the court is cramming civil rights down your throat. It’s the job of the court to do that. It’s why we have a Constitution and separation of the branches of power. It’s why people want to live here, why people are proud to live here. This fight for civil rights, though, is something that keeps happening over and over again in our history.
11) That Brown v. Board was all about the fourteenth amendment. So was Loving v. Virginia.
12) Why people think that allowing gay people to get married and have access to the same rights under the law will matter in any way except to give equal rights to everyone. For Fuck’s Sake.