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I can’t take away someone’s rights

Posted: October 29, 2008 8:34 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.

I am writing to discuss an issue that I feel compelled to bring up. Before I begin, I ask that you listen to all I have to say without social, political or cultural bias because I believe this is a universal offense, one that should be recognized by all parties and dealt with accordingly.

The issue I speak of is Proposition 8. The proposition is a direct violation of civil rights and a blatant contradiction to the Declaration of Independence ("All men are created equal").

The proposed legislation is a "gay marriage ban." This proposed amendment, if passed, would change the California Constitution to become a document that blatantly discriminates and targets a specific group of people - almost identical to the antimiscegenation laws, which stated that interracial marriages were illegal.
Is that really what we want? To target and segregate a specific group of people? We've already seen that outcome. I urge you to remember Mathew Shepard who was tied to a fence and beaten to death.
This is one example of the countless hate crimes that are a direct result of the intolerance and hatred that Prop. 8 inspires.

In closing, I'm not asking anyone to in any way change their beliefs.

On the contrary, I'm asking you to remember the cost that was paid to give you the freedom to think and believe as you so desire and then ask yourself: Can I honestly be a part in taking the rights I hold so dear away from someone else?


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