Disappointed in California

by singlemomseeking on May 27, 2009

Warning: If you’re not in the mood for politics, please skip this post.

When I picked M up at school yesterday, I shared this exciting news with her:

President Barack Obama has selected an amazingly sharp, experienced, and genuine woman — Sonia Sotomayor — as the newest Supreme Court nominee.

Of course, I also told M that Sonia was raised by a single mother! (And I added that she’ll be the first Hispanic and third woman to sit on the bench in America’s highest court.)

Unfortunately, I also shared this disappointing update with M:

The California Supreme Court has upheld Proposition 8, the controversial voter-approved ban on same sex marriage. M knows all about Prop. 8, sicne politics have been a big theme in school and at home this year.

Here in the Bay Area, we are friends with many same-sex parents. Our kids play together, we share meals together, laugh, and talk. In November, after the ban on same-sex marriage barely passed in California — by a margin of 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent — our neighborhood came out in protest.

I realize that some of you might disagree with me. And many of you live in conservative states.

This writer at MomLogic really sums it up well today:

“All the effort that is put into hate-mongering and delivering the same speech about ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’ is really a moot point, since in the long run, other people’s marriages will never affect anyone besides the two people getting married.”

“Why is that so hard to understand? I have yet to see a valid argument as to why someone else’s marriage will lead to the downfall of shiny, happy families across the land…..”

(By the way, although Sonia Sotomayer has not ruled on any cases involving gay civil rights, gay legal activists have described her positively.)

In the meantime, I’ve just signed up to receive this free sticker from CREDO Action in support of gay marriage.



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