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Die spinnen, die Kalifornier!

Es ist ja schön, dass sich die ganze Welt über den ersten schwarzen Präsidenten freut (obwohl ich ja dann immer anmerke, dass er eher ein Mischling, als wirklich schwarz ist, aber....). Ich bin ja auch froh. Nicht unbedingt, dass Obama gewählt wurde, sondern eher, dass McCain und vor allem Frau Palin NICHT gewählt wurden.
Meine Erleichterung über das Ergebnis der Präsidentschaftswahlen wird allerdings stark überschattet durch ein anderes Abstimmungsresultat in den USA. In Kalifornien haben die Wählerinnen und Wähler nämlich für eine Premiere gesorgt. Allerdings nicht im positiven Sinn.
Kalifornien ist nun der erste Staat der USA, der Leuten durch eine Abstimmung ein fundamentales Recht aktiv entzogen hat.
52% der Stimmbürgerinnen und Stimmbürger haben beschlossen, dass die Gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe aus der Verfassung des Bundesstaates Kalifornien gestrichen werden soll.
Ich meine, es ist das eine, wenn man gegen die Einführung von so etwas stimmt (obwohl ich schon damit meine Mühe habe). Aber dann hinzugehen und den Leuten ein Recht, dass ihnen erst im Juni gegeben wurde, wieder zu nehmen, ist was ganz anderes. Haben die keine anderen Probleme?
Es wird geschätzt, dass seit Anfangs Juni sich rund 16'000 gleichgeschlechtliche Paare in Kalifornien das Ja-Wort gegeben haben.
Ich möchte von denen, die für die Entfernung dieses Rechts aus der Verfassung gestimmt haben, sehr gerne wissen, wie genau diese Hochzeiten und Ehen ihr alltägliches Leben beeinträchtigt oder gestört haben.....
6.11.08 08:50


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Ja, ich weiss.....

... ich bin eigentlich nicht direkt davon betroffen und es ist in einem Land weit weg von hier passiert. Und trotzdem finde ich immer noch schlimm, dass in Kalifornien per Abstimmung gleiche Rechte für gleichgeschlechtliche Paare wieder aus der Bundesstaatsverfassung entfernt wurden.
Aber keine Angst, ich lasse mich hier jetzt nicht mehr darüber aus. Denn das können andere viel besser. Zum Beispiel direkt davon Betroffene wie die Sängerin Melissa Etheridge oder die Schauspielerin Ellen DeGeneres.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE:
"Okay. So Prop 8 passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think that I am a second class citizen. Alright then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen. Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.

Okay, cool I don't mean to get too personal here but there is a lot I can do with the extra half a million dollars that I will be keeping instead of handing it over to the state of California. Oh, and I am sure Ellen will be a little excited to keep her bazillion bucks that she pays in taxes too. Wow, come to think of it, there are quite a few of us fortunate gay folks that will be having some extra cash this year. What recession? We're gay! I am sure there will be a little box on the tax forms now single, married, divorced, gay, check here if you are gay, yeah, that's not so bad. Of course all of the waiters and hairdressers and UPS workers and gym teachers and such, they won't have to pay their taxes either.

Oh and too bad California, I know you were looking forward to the revenue from all of those extra marriages. I guess you will have to find some other way to get out of the budget trouble you are in.

…Really?

When did it become okay to legislate morality? I try to envision someone reading that legislation "eliminates the right" and then clicking yes. What goes through their mind? Was it the frightening commercial where the little girl comes home and says, "Hi mom, we learned about gays in class today" and then the mother gets that awful worried look and the scary music plays? Do they not know anyone who is gay? If they do, can they look them in the face and say "I believe you do not deserve the same rights as me"? Do they think that their children will never encounter a gay person? Do they think they will never have to explain the 20% of us who are gay and living and working side by side with all the citizens of California?

I got news for them, someday your child is going to come home and ask you what a gay person is. Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away.

I know when I grew up gay was a bad word. Homo, lezzie, faggot, dyke. Ignorance and fear ruled the day. There were so many "thems" back then. The blacks, the poor ... you know, "them". Then there was the immigrants. "Them.” Now the them is me.

I tell myself to take a breath, okay take another one, one of the thems made it to the top. Obama has been elected president. This crazy fearful insanity will end soon. This great state and this great country of ours will finally come to the understanding that there is no "them". We are one. We are united. What you do to someone else you do to yourself. That "judge not, lest ye yourself be judged" are truthful words and not Christian rhetoric.

Today the gay citizenry of this state will pick themselves up and dust themselves off and do what we have been doing for years. We will get back into it. We love this state, we love this country and we are not going to leave it. Even though we could be married in Mass. or Conn, Canada, Holland, Spain and a handful of other countries, this is our home. This is where we work and play and raise our families. We will not rest until we have the full rights of any other citizen. It is that simple, no fearful vote will ever stop us, that is not the American way."


ELLEN DEGENERES:
"Watching the returns on election night was an amazing experience. Barack Obama is our new president. Change is here. I, like millions of Americans, felt like we had taken a giant step towards equality. We were watching history.

"This morning, when it was clear that Proposition 8 had passed in California, I can’t explain the feeling I had. I was saddened beyond belief. Here we just had a giant step towards equality and then on the very next day, we took a giant step away. I believe one day a “ban on gay marriage” will sound totally ridiculous. In the meantime, I will continue to speak out for equality for all of us."
7.11.08 12:33





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