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Prop 8 is About Discrimination!

I don’t suspect the church realized that their Prop 8 would have uncovered all these other deep dark secrets that people didn’t even realize occurred, not to long ago.

Prop 8 is About Discrimination!
Using historical footage, the ad reminds voters of three particularly bleak periods in state history:

— Japanese American Internment: Authorized by President Roosevelt in 1942, the Army ordered all people of Japanese descent, whether citizens or non-citizens, living in CA to be interned in permanent “relocation centers.” Those centers remained operational until the end of the war. Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, who was California Attorney General at that time, later wrote that the internment was “not in keeping with our American concepts of freedoms and rights of citizens.”

— California’s Ban on Interracial Marriage: In 1948, California became the first state in the nation to wipe away a state law banning interracial marriages. In the 1967 case of Loving vs. Virginia dealing with the remaining state bans, the United State Supreme Court ruled that: [T]he freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. Marriage is one of the ‘basic civil rights of man,’ fundamental to our very existence and survival.”

— Racially Restrictive Covenants: These covenants were widely enforced in the early 20th century to discriminate against African Americans, Jews and other ethnic groups by prohibiting the lease or sale of property. The covenants were widely used in the Central Valley against Armenians. They were declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948.

In 2007, on the 40th anniversary of the Loving vs. Virginia decision, Mildred Loving wrote: “I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving and loving, are all about.”

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October 31, 2008 - Posted by | Action Alert | , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Of course vote NO on PROP 8, PLEASE, but it is a sickening, disgusting vote in the first place.

    Imagine a heterosexual man sitting back peacefully as society voted on whether he, his wife, and his children deserved the rights and protections of civil marriage. What would HE think of PROP 8 in CA? Would he even THINK of opening up his wallet to fund a PR drive to gain a chance to “win” this civil right? Or would it be “Live Free or Die”?

    Yet we (the gay community), and our allies have agreed – AGREED – to hash out this “debate” with a public PROP 8
    lottery (it’s not a debate…I KNOW I DESERVE MARRIAGE).

    Here’s my “NON-Debate for PROP 8” – It really doesn’t matter what others may “think” or “not think” at this point.

    I will not pay an organization for Human Rights, Family Rights, Civil Rights, or Constitutional Rights. I will simply refuse to file my IRS tax returns until my FAMILY is equal under the law.

    VOTE ON THAT!

    Comment by johnbisceglia | November 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. @ johnbisceglia, of course I agree with you it shouldn’t be a debate at all, but it is, and we need to deal with it. Vote No on 8!

    Taxes, totally agree, but that is another issue that could get you in trouble with other things. I know, some people have tried it, and end up with legal problems that seems to grow, if you can afford to fight your tax battles then go for it, but most of us can’t. How the IRS is capable of doing that, I don’t know, but they get away with it. Same tax laws Same legal rights!

    No one has to donate any money for anything, but if we never had stonewall in the 60’s, or people rising up against hate, then people wouldn’t be where we are today.

    I think religions that interfere with the separation of church and state laws should pay taxes just like any other business has to, we should not be governed by some one else faith.

    Comment by okawa | November 1, 2008 | Reply


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