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Posted on 2008.06.11 at 20:43
How I feel about it all: impressedimpressed
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I fell in love with Melissa Etheridge's music years before she came out, way before I knew she was gay. I neither knew nor cared what her sexual orientation was, I just loved her music (this is basically my attitude about all musicians--it's about the music first).

After years of reading and hearing about her life and her triumphs and trials, she's definitely on my "People I admire a whole helluva lot" list. After reading this, I love her even more:

Melissa Etheridge's response to the passing of Proposition 8:

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.

Gay people are born everyday. You will never legislate that away.

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.

Come to think of it, I should get a federal tax break too...


Thanks to loony_moony for the link. Article originally posted here.

Comments:


A particularly foolish knight
bakaknight at 2008-11-07 02:06 (UTC) ()
Ah, beautiful.
For this is truth. The most beautiful thing of all.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-11-07 02:25 (UTC) ()
I love her. Oh Melissa - I'm on your side. I've never been ashamed of being a Californian before now. :(


suchthefangirl
suchthefangirl at 2008-11-07 06:30 (UTC) ()
Three cheers for Melissa. She said it so well, I just want to print this up and show it to all the people standing with those stupid yellow signs. But they are not there anymore, they won. So now they have gone home.

Next time, we will win.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2008-11-07 08:11 (UTC) ()
They may have won this battle, but they definitely haven't won the war, because our side has a hella determined army.
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