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I've been half following the Prop 8 stuff in the US with interest, because God knows we're about 10 years behind recognising equal marriages over here, unless there's a drastic change in the way the Irish populuss in general thinks. Quite frankly, I can't really understand how people are fooling themselves into thinking their behavious is anything but reprehensible at a hate crime like this.

I've grown up thinking that people are to be respected and equal no matter who they are, or what they were born as. Now, that's not a 21st century thing (look at the Palestinian Territories), or an Irish thing (the way people here treat Travellers and foregin nationals is despicable). Maybe it's a Canadian thing, or something my friends have taught me along the way - or something I've taught myself.

My point is, that when I was doing History, we did a Case Study on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and I couldn't put myself in the mindset of an ordinary person of the time, who could just sit there and not do anything, not even voice a positive opinion, on the civil rights movement across America. It was the same when I learned about the second Troubles in the North, and the way that substandard schools and jobs were allocated to people because of their religion. I thought it was maybe a learning curve, that it was something about the time. It makes me sad to think that even today, in a new freaking millenium, we still have it in us as humans to hate people because of something that they can't control.

And that's what people opposing same-sex marriages don't seem to understand. They accept that it's inhumane to judge people on the colour of their skin. They wouldn't dream of hating their neighbour because they go to a different service every week, or none at all. It's just not PC, it's none of anyone's business. So how are people so vehement that denying someone the right to get married, to be seen as the same in the eyes of the law as anyone else, is acceptable?

I would love to go to so many of those conventionalists and ask about their family dynamics. Have none of them ever divorced? How is that respecting marriage? How many of them married someone of a different colour, a different creed, a different socio-economic level, a disability?

I'm left handed. A citeog, as they say. This has had negative associations of biblical and liguistic proportions for thousands of years. It's still considered rude to shake with your left hand. When I was in kindergarten (I went to a Catholic elementary school in Canada), we were taught to bless ourselves. I got corrected for blessing myself with my left hand, to the point where my parents had to come into school to intervene with the teacher over my "hand orientation". Up to what, 20 years ago?, I would still have been forced to write with my right hand, making me look a hell of a lot stupider than I actually am.

I know that this sort of thing may seem small, ridiculous to people, and I've certainly never worried about and "handism" or social stigma I've come across. But I've never been impeded from life's goals on the basis of something that I have NO control over.

This got a lot longer than I expected it to, so under a cut it is now going. The thing is, in 20, 30, 50 years time our children and grandchildren are going to look back on the ignorance of homophobia and wonder how people could think that sexual orientation was something to dicriminate against. What are you going to tell your kids when they learn about this in school and ask you where you stood? That you stood up for hate? Or that you sided with humanity, and made a stand for our rights?
 
 
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