Final Political Post of 2012! WAHOOO
This will be my last political thought process/post on this election. Only because it relates to an experience I had over the weekend. See? There’s my justification. Then I can go back to writing about the moon, failed relationships, cats, Christmas, and whatever else I think might be blog worthy.
I was at a theater event on Sunday. I stood there, discussing potential opportunities with the artistic director of the company, and a woman walked in. She was wearing two buttons. One for Romney (fine) and the other one saying marriage One Man, One Woman.
I didn’t care so much about the Romney button. I have friends who are Republicans who are very dear to me. The button that got my blood boiling so much was the Marriage One man One Woman idea. I laughed a bit to myself, which apparently was audible enough for her to hear, as she turned and caught my eye. I simply smiled, and that was the end of our exchange.
What this woman didn’t know is that a man who might love another man was standing next to her. I wasn’t wearing rainbow flags, or proudly announcing who I was, but I was there, sharing her space. And she, this older woman, held the belief that I should not have the choice to marry whom I choose, be it man or woman.
It was enough to spur me to come home after the show and fill out my early voting ballot, and send it in. It’s in the mail today.
Referendum 74 in Washington State seems to be gaining enough traction that it may pass and we will have written into our state constitution the ability to marry a man if we so choose. I hope, hope, hope, hope, hope (a thousand times over) that we do, regardless of my current relationship status.
I don’t know why this woman believes that it should be between a man and a woman only…I didn’t dare ask her. All I know is it was enough to spur me into action and make my voice heard. I hope that you, wherever you are, will also jump into the fray and make your voice heard for whatever your issues are.
I remember when George W. Bush was elected the first time. At the same time, there were a number of ballot measures aimed at preventing gay marriage. I wasn’t so disappointed that Al Gore had lost (that one was foreseeable) but that so many states in our union, found it necessary to restrict a person’s right to marry the person that they love. It was disheartening in the worst possible way, and as I watched the returns come in, my heart sank deeper and deeper.
Family members who would deny me that right. These so-called friends who would also deny me that right. It was heartbreaking.
I don’t discuss politics with my friends and families. Nor do I hide my sexuality. I am a proud gay man, and will continue to be for the rest of my life. I only wish they saw the consequences of their actions, by denying the freedom and liberty to one particular sect of this country, someone they know, someone who it impacts greatly.
If you are in Washington, please please approve Referendum 74. The idea that I could choose to spend the rest of my life with a man I love is something that even little gay boys aspire to. Maybe we don’t need all the trappings of the modern wedding. Maybe we don’t need bridesmaids and bridegrooms. But the knowledge that should my partner get sick, should my partner be injured, that I have equal visitation rights under the law is important.
This launches into an entirely different debate regarding family and friends, and who we choose to call family. Blood is strong, yes, but those people who will stand up for you when they see rights simply being voted away by the majority due to ignorance are the people I would be proud to not only call my friends, but my family as well.
I don’t consider myself a smart person when it comes to politics. But I know that this election, especially in my home state of Washington, is very important to me. Personally so.
Thank you for letting me write about it. Now we return to your regularly scheduled programming.
Posted on October 22, 2012, in Thoughts and tagged early voting, gay, marriage, partner, politics, rainbow flags, referendum 74, rights, society, state constitution, voting, Washington. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.