Sean Penn and the Historical Significance of the Marriage Debate

photo by Lee Nachtigal

photo by Lee Nachtigal

The Great Marriage Debate from a Bigger Pool of Thought

Sean Penn is beautiful isn’t he?  Unfortunately, as with many celebrities (Tom Hanks anyone?) the beauty doesn’t extend further than skin deep.

In a moment of self aggrandizement during the recent Academy Awards, Sean took the opportunity to opine on world events as he condescendingly scolded supporters of Proposition 8  saying:

“I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”

Shame?  from this haughty little fish with a myopic view of the world?  How presumptuous and small!  While he may claim omniscience in his realm, the rest of us are under no such delusion.  Thank goodness the world is not run by the make-believe of Hollywood!

Unlike television dramas, carefully crafted story lines and dreamed up plots that often divorce actions from natural consequences, history is much less forgiving.  What we choose today will have consequences for our nation, as they have for other nations.

Ashamed?  I think not.  In fact, just the opposite.  I am an eager participant and witness to every event, every effort, every milestone of this great debate, because I believe that on this debate hangs much of the future of this nation. History will be written and judged by those who live the future we’re creating today.  The great marriage debate is about the future of this nation because it’s about the future of families.

Amid gay activists efforts to selfishly demand “special rights”, I stood and fought with millions of other Californians to declare my vote in support of children and family.  This isn’t about the self gratification and sexual desires of adults.  Children’s rights trump adult sexual preference, because gender matters and every child has the right to a mom and a dad.  California voted! and cut through the slick emotional rhetoric to come to the aid of it’s children.

California is the first state to throw back the efforts of a corrupt judiciary to force gay “marriage” on our state, endangering religious freedom, education and children’s rights in the process.  Proposition 8 was a historic victory.  Now we are the first to have that vote put to the test.

All eyes are on California as this battle continues.

Last week I attended the emotionally overwrought HR5 hearings and saw first hand a crowd of people, obsessed with their own personal wants, assist in trying to have their wants trump democracy in our State’s Capital.  I saw with my eyes the disdain of those legislators for the very voters that gave them the power they now abuse.

Why?  They said it was all for “love”, but I have to ask…. Love of whom?

There are people in this world driven by unhealthy and out of balance emotional needs and wants.  They want what they want, when they want it and they are hoping to get it regardless of the consequences to children, freedoms or democracy.  We are witnesses to that willingness to cast everything to the wind for “love”.

I saw it in the post election riots as decency and respect of property was cast aside for “love”.  I saw it again as the proponents of this “love” castigated, harassed, and persecuted individuals— mapping their homes, and publishing their personal information in order to threaten and intimidate.  Ultimately, some marriage supporters lost their livelihoods due to the persecution.  More recently I saw it in the HR5 hearings, as democracy was cast away, and the voice of the people stifled.  All for “love”?  Please.  Let’s call it what it is.  It’s not about love, it’s about choice, my choice, my needs, my wants above all else…. as Mayor Newsom gleefully proclaimed:

“Whether you like it or not.”

I will be attending the March 5th State Supreme Court hearings on this issue.  I want to be there in person, not viewing the chopped and clipped product pedaled through tainted media’s eyes.  I want to see with my own eyes and witness that experience so I can tell my children, and my children’s children how the fight for family was either won or lost in California.

When my children ask me, “Mama!  Were you there?”  I will be able to answer them— Yes!  I was there, and I fought for family.

This issue is already making waves in the national pond and beyond.  As California goes, so goes the nation, and as the nation goes, so goes the world.

Be educated.  Make a stand based on the facts of the issues.  What we do here will matter for generations to come.

—Beetle Blogger



  1. Delirious said,

    February 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Little does he know, my grandchildren will thank me for taking this stand.

    He has bought the Hollywood party line. He has bowed to the “politically correct”. But he must, for the movie industry relies on the support of the homosexual community.

    As for Sean Penn and Tom Hanks, I can’t help but be reminded of something Tom taught us when he portrayed Forrest Gump. “Stupid is as stupid does”.

  2. February 24, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    The point that movies divorce choices and consequences is exactly the point here. A short look into Sean Penn’s life reveals that he doesn’t exactly get the idea the family is important. He married pop star Madonna in 1985. The relationship was marred by violent outbursts against the press, including one incident for which he was arrested for violently beating a photographer. Later in the marriage, Penn was charged with felony domestic assault, a charge for which he pleaded to a misdemeanor. Penn and Madonna divorced in 1989. He soon began a relationship with Robin Wright, and their first child, Dylan Frances, was born in 1991. Their second child, Hopper Jack, was born in 1993. During a separation from Wright in the mid 1990s, Penn dated singer and songwriter Jewel. Penn and Wright married in 1996. On December 27, 2007, the couple’s representative announced that the Penns were divorcing, but they later stopped divorce proceedings in April 2008.
    Doesn’t exactly sound like one to take familial council from does it?

  3. JC said,

    February 24, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you for this. And for keeping us all updated on this fight.

  4. Euripides said,

    February 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Penn has some serious flaws in his logic and has bought into the Hollywood line. What a shame that Hollywood is now characterized as anti-marriage and anti-family. It wasn’t always that way….

  5. February 26, 2009 at 5:16 am

    “We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”

    Totally. Dogs are people, too! Stop the discrimination! Why can’t fish fly?!? Stop the discrimination! Just think of the shame in God’s eyes and his grandchildren’s eyes when they discover that he made things differently, and therefore discriminatorily! Stop the discrimination! All things are equal! Nothing should be different in the eyes of the law! And so forth and so on…

    You people are idiots, Hollywood.

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