October 28th, 2008


PSA: Why you should care whether CA keeps legal marriage free from discrimination by gender

Since I know that not everyone on my friends list is in California, and perhaps if you aren't here you don't think that you can do anything about Proposition 8, which will amend the California constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman, I'm posting a link where you can donate to No on 8. I don't know a lot of rich people either, but every dollar does count: if everyone on my friends list sent $10, No on 8 would receive over $1000 from just you all.

The fact is that out-of-state far-right organizations and individuals are throwing money left and right at misinformation campaigns and scare tactics designed to confuse California voters into voting Yes on Proposition 8 even if they are actually not opposed to marriage equality for any gender; thus I think it is necessary to make an appeal to fair-minded people across the country to send their dollars to the No on 8 campaign so that they can afford more TV air time, print ads, phone campaigns, and other efforts to educate California voters as to why marriage equality is not an infringement against religious freedom nor a threat to the institution of heterosexual marriage.

But the reason that this fight should matter to you, even if you are not a Californian, and even if you believe you would only be a candidate for that ideal male/female marriage, is that California influences national politics to even a greater extent than do the states who have fought against marriage discrimination in the recent past. And that's important. Not only so your gay friends can get married, but so that we do not have a wave of state constitutions being amended to demand a pants- or chromosome-test at the marriage license counter.

See, the definitions of "man" and "woman" have yet to be legally defined in most instances; making marriage exclusive to "certified" heterosexual couples would create the need to determine whether candidates for marriage are "really" the sex that they say and believe that they are. Strict heterosexual marriage virtually nullifies the rights of transgendered people to get married, and makes the matter of marriage for intersex individuals extremely difficult to decide. The conventional notions of what a "man" is and what a "woman" is will not be sufficient to decide cases in which chromosomal conditions create any sort of ambiguity in gender; imagine finding out that you cannot get married at all because you didn't realize your "sex" chromosomes were something other than XX or XY! Proponents of "heterosexual only" marriage don't realize that they are trying to create a hard distinction where none exists except in the popular imagination, based mainly on exterior appearances.

Anyway. Perhaps you didn't need the lecture. Maybe you've already sent all your eating out money for the month to No on 8. Cool! Thanks.

By the way, this amendment would complicate considerably any attempt yours truly made in the future to get married. Ha. You laugh. It could happen.

OK it probably couldn't, but if the universe were to split again like it did when GWB was appointed president in 2000, anything would be possible. Give now!