This past weekend, I had the pleasure of standing up for my friend as she got married. I have never been surrounded by more love vibrating through a room my life. Nothing could take away from that day. The only little piece that turned one tear into a sad one was that the people who helped raise her, two fantastic men who are equal parts love and strength, are not allowed to do the same. That, my friends, is what we call seperate, but equal.
There is a lot of rancor and disappointment today about the decision made by the California Supreme Court. Count me as one of the confused about why Americans get to sign petitions to put the option to discriminate against other humans on a ballot. We cannot and should not continue to treat human beings as unequal in the eyes of the law. Here's the thing: we should not get mad about California. We should get mad about Oregon. This is where we live, this is where we pay taxes, this is the place we call home. This is the place where we should begin again fighting the battle for equality. We can start the process of erasing the seperate but equal policies of our state. We cannot stand by and allow gays to be seperate but equal in our own home state.
Every second that my GLBT friends do not have the rights that I do, my rights are unsafe. Every second that you shake your head in disgust about the issue but remain quiet, your rights are unsafe. If Oregonians can get a petition together to have rights taken away from people, they can take yours, too. Oregon friends, pay attention, speak up and get engaged.