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It's about time gay marriage was legal

Posted: May 19, 2008 8:53 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2008 5:02 a.m.
To The Editor:

Last Thursday's decision by California's Supreme Court was truly overwhelming to me. I am astounded that the ruling to permit same-sex couples an opportunity to recognize their love and commitment to each other in marriage actually occurred in my lifetime, and was decided by four of the six moderate Republicans in the court of seven. The case also had the greatest number of amicus briefs in the history of the California Supreme Court, and the decision occurred 60 years after California became the first state to end a ban on interracial marriage. It takes effect on June 16, 2008!

I think back over eight years ago prior to the vote on Proposition 22, the (Sen. Pete) Knight Initiative, and how painful it was for me to drive around the Santa Clarita Valley, the place I call "home" and see it blanketed with mean-spirited signs.

The campaign was hugely funded by two main churches! One I'll bet could use the money it expended then to assist with debts incurred by pedophile priests. The other, the one responsible for the signs, now has the public's attention in many locations with regard to pedophilia in the form of "marriage" and polygamy. I know...! Certain Roman Catholics and certain Mormons are going to feel offended because I ruffled their feathers, but it's OK for them to pull mine out?

What did Senator Knight gain from his actions? He remained separated from the gay son he rebuffed (who at that time was partnered for 10+ years and living across the continent in Baltimore) until the senator had a heart attack and was reunited on his death bed with his son in San Francisco (of all places)!

I hope Knight got his son back, and I truly hope his son finally got his dad! Prop. 22, however, unwittingly opened the minds and the hearts and spirit of Californians, and the rest of the country. The list of achievements on the political/legal front, in the entertainment industry, in churches and synagogues, in industries, in schools and classrooms, etc., is amazing!

California has made itself the safest state of the 50 for gays and lesbians to live in and be free. Almost two thirds of the states are still somewhat hazardous for our lives! (Some are terribly legally hazardous!)

My dear friend Carl recently died here in the city of Santa Clarita, where he and his partner lived for 36 of their 51 years together without the benefit of marriage. They had to pay lawyers to ensure their rights to and for each other were in place; they both served their country in World War II; and they both were lifelong occupational and physical therapists aiding and assisting other Californians.

FIFTY ONE years! What's the rate of divorce among heterosexual marriages in the SCV?


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