EDITORIAL: Proposition “86”

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“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite sex couples.”

This was written by Judge Stephen Reinhardt in the two-to-one opinion for the repeal of Proposition 8.

Lower courts saw the proposition as unconstitutional, which enabled the case to be reviewed by Reinhardt and two other judges.

These judges heard arguments in the Supreme Court on March 27.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The moral arc of the universe is long and bends toward justice.”

Justice usually implies that the guilty get what they deserve.

But innocent gays and lesbians are being denied their freedoms because of someone else’s idealistic beliefs.

Why should innocent people be treated like the guilty?

Therefore, not only is Proposition 8 unconstitutional, it is also unjust.

Almost a century ago, heterosexual Caucasians were not allowed to marry African-Americans.

Almost a century later, interracial relationships are common and are seen as “no big deal.”

Gay marriage can be the same way, but we have to make that first step.

Love has no bounds or restrictions, but Proposition 8 supporters seem to think otherwise.

They believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that if there are two men showing affection for one another, those men are both going to hell.

If two people love each other, they should be allowed to show it. After all, we aren’t in the middle ages anymore.

Our country was founded on the ideal that “all men are created equal.”

But gays aren’t exactly treated as equals.

Americans have come a long way since the depression, but there are still traces of stigma toward gays, blacks, women, and several other sects of society.

It is about time we started showing respect for our fellow men. It’s 2013, not 1813.

We need to learn to accept people for who they are.

After all, it is said to do unto others as you wish for them to do unto you.

Some people just refuse to see the full picture. Every person deserves to experience all aspects of life, the good and the bad.

There are negative things about marriage as well as positive.

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