Why on earth is this so important to me?
1. It wasn’t that long ago that our own marriage wouldn’t have been legal, simply because we are of different races (see the Supreme Court decision that overturned the bans nationwide: Loving v. Virginia). It is not a far stretch between discrimination based on race, and discrimination based on gender.
2. As an educator, I am responsible for every child that comes to me. I am responsible for fostering an environment of love, acceptance, and respect, and for helping each child develop a sense of dignity and stewardship to their community. I cannot even begin to imagine trying to explain to a child how their parents’ marriage can be nullified by popular vote. It would be impossible for me to explain how one loving relationship is not as valid as another.
3. I do not accept that separate is equal.
4. In 1948, California led the nation in overturning bans on interracial marriage (see Perez v Sharp). I’d hate to see California go down in history as the first state in the nation to take away existing civil rights.
5. Love is a good thing, folks.
I could go on about this all day, but for practical purposes, will just request that you please watch the video, sign the petition if it moves you, and pass it along. It is always the right time to do what is right.
“In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy.” John C. Sawhill