Monday, October 20, 2008

On the radio

This morning, our wonderful San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was on my favorite radio station doing a short interview. He's been the pioneer in this city to legalize same sex marriage. In 2004, he opened up marriage licenses to allow same sex couples to get married. That summer, thousands of gay couples got married, only to have the courts overturn each and every one.

Earlier this year, the state Supreme Court ruled that it's unconstitutional to restrict marriage to only straight couples. Thousands more have married this year, legally. But now there's Proposition 8 on our ballot that's designed to strip our rights to get married, and of course there are commercials for both pro and con. The con commercials have spread lies - saying that if the measure doesn't pass and it remains legal for same sex couples to marry, then it will be mandatory in schools to teach children about same sex marriage and all things gay. They're using scare tactics to get people to vote Yes on the ban. They're also using Mayor Newsom's own words against him. At a rally regarding Same Sex Marriage he said it was coming "whether you like it or not."

Anyway, they were asking him about that statement and how it's being used. He said he has no regrets, but is saddened by the other camp using his words in a negative light. The DJs then took a caller named David who had some concerns about the proposition. Just to preface this, he said he is a black gay man with an 8 year old daughter. He said he's for the proposition (against gay marriage) because he doesn't want his daughter learning about being gay while she's so young. He said that being gay is an "adult lifestyle and choice". He spouted off more ignorant thoughts, but I've blocked them out. LOL. Mayor Newsom then asked if David was educated about the Civil Rights Movement and if he was OK with his daughter being taught about that. He says "Of course, it's history". So the mayor asked him if he'd be OK with his daughter being taught all history - including gay history (Stonewall). The guy kind of stuttered, so one of the DJs asked if David would be upset if a right was taken away from him because he's black. David was like "Well, yeah."

This guy just doesn't seem to understand what an ignoramus he is and I'm shocked that as a double minority (black and gay), he has such a closed minded view about rights that apply to him and he's perpetuating hate and is going to teach his child that it's not OK to be gay and that it's a choice to be gay. WTF is that about? Who chooses to be hated?

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