LGBT / religion · November 5, 2008

Proposition 8 passed, same sex marriage is unlawful. Now what?

I’ve said before that I think same-sex marriage in the United States is inevitable.

It’s going to happen. Get used to the idea now.

It will happen because the children of today are more accepting of the LGBT community than my generation, or of my father’s generation. The older generations are fading away, and today’s youth are taking over.

On March 7th of 2000, California Proposition 22 modified California’s civil code to limit marriage to a man and a woman. That proposition passed 61.4% to 38.6%. That 61.4% was touted by Christian conservatives over and over again in the following years as a “Clear indication of the will of all Californians.”

Proposition 8 today looks like it will pass 52% to 48%. That “clear indication” has dropped 10 points in 8 years. I believe this trend will continue.

And while it is much harder to overturn a constitutional amendment in California than it is to enact one – I do believe that there will come a time when this blot of hate will be removed from the state constitution.

It has been brought to my attention that the passage of Proposition 8 may be the best thing to happen to same-sex marriage. If Proposition 8 had failed, religious conservatives would have recreated it again and again for each election cycle. It would have been remade with more subtle wording – designed to worm it’s way into law while remaining beneath our notice.

If we must legislate hate, if we must remove rights, it is better that we do it openly. It is better that we recognize that this is done out of purely religious motivation and that it is based upon an inflexible “moral” code that equates homosexuality with murder, deceit and malice. Let us all see that the Christian religion calls homosexuals, “senseless, faithless, heartless,” and “ruthless” who are “wicked, evil, greedy,” and “depraved”.

It is this same religious morality that says in no uncertain terms that homosexuals, and those who support them, are worthy of nothing more than death itself. (Romans 1:18-32)

It is good to bring this hate out in the open so we can examine it under bright lights with high magnification. We have states in conflict – a marriage certificate in one state is worthless in another. This violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution and it must be addressed at a Federal level.

And I believe that in time, and with effort, equality will prevail. I believe that because last night I watched equality prevail in an historic election. I believe that equality will prevail because members of the LGBT community have come “out of the closet”, so that more and more Americans recognize that they know, or are related to someone who is gay. I believe that equality will prevail because while it is easy to hate a faceless, nameless “evil”, it is much harder to hate a kind aunt, or a loving son, or a friendly neighbor. I believe that equality will eventually prevail because even now, even under Proposition 8, same-sex couples are allowed to have and to raise children in a loving home – and those children will influence other children, and they will all grow up and vote their conscious out of love and knowledge.

The one thing that the people have said that they fear the most – that same-sex marriage will be taught to children in class – has already come to pass. Your children ARE being taught to be more accepting – they are being taught by their classmates and peers.

My grandparent’s generation has faded away. Soon my parent’s generation will follow, and then my generation – the last of the Baby Boomers – will also fade. The future of LGBT equality lies inevitably with the generations that follow me.