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Vote no on Prop. 8

Posted: November 1, 2008 2:59 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.

I recently moved to the SCV from Oklahoma, and I was not sure what to expect out here on the left coast.
There are issues on which I’m sure I’m more conservative than most people out here; I’m pretty much right wing when it comes to guns.

In fact, I think you should be able to own a tank if you can afford it and you have a place to park it. I know hundreds of gun owners, and none of them has ever shot or robbed anyone.

Knowing that, I don’t think I have the right to tell them they can’t own a gun.

While my experience validates my stance, my views are rooted in my fundamental belief that voters in the land of the free should not be making laws against something for the exclusive reason that there exists a statistical possibility that it might lead to something else.

So when there is a ballot initiative in the future to register gun owners, I will be more comfortable with the voters in the red counties of this blue state.

Oddly, perhaps, these are the same counties I am not with on Proposition 8.

I try to have the same empathy for the pro-Prop. 8 crowd that I have for my gun-loving friends, but I don’t foresee the consequences they declare.

I expect nothing as an inherent outcome of gay marriage that would allow me to look a gay person in the eyes and say, with empathy for their situation: I don’t think you should be able to get married because of the negative effect it will have on the rest of society.

And If I can’t do that, I mean really do that, I don’t see how I could say with my voice inside the voting booth what I can’t say outside of it.


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