First things first– Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama. This is a man who has been open and honest in how hard it’ll be to make changes in a world where the economy has plummeted. He’s talked about compromise and honesty that it’s not just as simple as him telling Congress what to do. But, I, like others who want change, aren’t going away- we’re going to watch our new President and make sure he holds to what he says. If you didn’t hear his acceptance speech, you can read it at CNN.com.
As for being a Floridian, I’m beyond angry that people voted for Amendment 2. Sayno2.com has said it best on why it was wrong to pass it. Fellow author, Lena Austin, also has gone on her soapbox and honestly, I’m there with her. What passing this amendment does is also take away the rights of common-law marriages too. But for those Christian people who want to believe that this country was formed and based on Christian ideals– I would like to quote from our first president, George Washington. He was writing to the government of Tripoli, Liberia when it came up to the beliefs of the United States as a country. And if this is what our founding fathers say, then you need to adjust with a reality- same sex love has been and will always be a part of human society. But here’s what our first President says–
“As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquillity, of Musselmen; and as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehomitan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.”
And for those who have issues with gays in military or that gays were never prominent…I give you– the Sacred Band of Thebes. There have always been gays, there always will be. Now, here in Florida, it’s not just banning gays from marriage we’re looking at– it’s not allowing those who don’t want to be married by government to be punished as well. If you’re single in Florida– be scared. Be very scared on what happens now if you ever go to the hospital and on death’s door — and are on the outs with your family. It’s not pretty. *sigh*