Proposition 8–Life Lessons Learned
The proposition 8 fight eclipsed everything for me the last few months. This has been an awesome and powerful movement. I am just so pleased to have been a part of it. California, Arizona and Florida all won. That sends a message to the gay movement in this country. We are turning the tide. Shall we go back to sleep now? You can bet that the opposition won’t be sleeping. My eyes have been pried wide open the last few weeks and I cannot go back to the place I was in blissful ignorance. There are those out there willing to destroy the family and the values that this country is founded on, for mere self interest.
There is more to life than self interest.
Were I to only worry about myself, I would not fight for the rights of my children or my community, I would just go on my merry way. I can easily do that, it’s my nature to find things to fill my life that are pleasant and good. Fighting is hard. Who wants to be called names and get into uncomfortable arguments? This fight took me WAY out of my comfort zone, but we accomplished something and the exhilaration of that moment was great. Knowing my children will have a better world made it worth it.
If we don’t fight, if we choose instead to go back to sleep and peace and ignorance, we will be mere pawns of those who choose to act around us. I can’t be that pawn any longer. I choose to act. At this point, I’m not sure where to direct my energy for change, but I will be looking for that opportunity.
One thing I learned from this historic election is that every voice makes a difference.
I’ll keep fighting, and I’ll teach my children to stand up and fight, to make their voices heard in positive ways, to stand up for what they believe in and make a difference in their worlds for good. One voice raised is worth a thousand silent voices.
Record the efforts we’ve made here, teach your children what happened in California, tell them how we made a difference and show them that they too can make a difference. Tell your children. Tell your grandchildren. Our generations are so precious. We’ve seen the face of the opposition and it will not rest.
Neither can we.