If you’re on Facebook at all (or all day, like me…), you might have noticed that a lot of people have changed their profile pictures or have posted what looks like white or pink equal sign (=) on a red background.

People are doing this because today, the Supreme Court started hearings regarding the Constitutionality of Proposition 8 (the California proposition – and later amendment – that only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman) and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA – a federal law from the 90s that defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman, and this deals with a lot of benefits/legal-related issues).

In my humble opinion, both entities are the byproducts of scared people. Same-sex couples who wish to marry aren’t out to get anyone – they’re not trying to ruin the sanctity of marriage. Straight people have been ruining that for years… what with all the divorces and the quickie weddings that last a few days or months. To me, if same-sex couples are willing to fight so hard for so long just to be legally wed to their significant others, they aren’t going to ruin anything… instead they’re just trying to celebrate their love in a binding, government-recognized way.

I’m proud to say that a majority of my Facebook friends have changed their profile pictures or have shared HRC pictures and stories today. I changed my picture this morning, shared some pictures and have had the HRC tweets popping up on my phone all day long.

I’m not a member of the LGBTQ community, but I will fight for them just the same. I have a friend who has been with his partner for 17+ years and I know they’d like to get married in their state and have that marriage be recognized by everyone. There are people from my graduating class from high school who have come out over the past decade and I would love to see them marry the people they love. 

What are people so scared of?

That’s not even a rhetorical question… What are people so scared of?

So what if a man wants to marry another man? How does that hurt you? How does that hurt marriage between a man and a woman? How does two people who LOVE each other getting married hurt anyone?

I read some article saying the the Supreme Court justices are hesitant now – that they feared they have taken this case on too soon. When 58% of the country is for gay marriage and prominent political figures have announced that they support gay marriage, don’t you think the time is now? 

Equal rights and the legalization of same-sex marriage WILL happen during  my lifetime. If our government doesn’t get its head out of its ass now, then my generation will when it’s our time to run this place. We will right the wrongs of the past. Together, we can make a difference. 

Let’s fight for love 🙂 

When I saw some of my friends post on Facebook earlier that Prop 8 was overturned today, my heart leapt a little bit and I cracked a giant grin.

Though this decision does not directly affect me (I’m not gay, nor do I live in California), but it does affect our country and is a giant leap (in my opinion) towards equal rights for everyone. Isn’t that what our country was founded on – that all men are created equal?

Now, this is just my opinion, but who is to say that gay people aren’t allowed to get married? Regardless of how people interpret the Bible, in my opinion, the government should not have jurisdiction over who is allowed to fall in love with someone else (that is, in the case of marriage, two consenting adults…). A man loves a woman. Fine. A man loves a man. That’s cool. A woman loves a woman. Equally fine by me. Transgender people. Transsexual people. Bisexual people. Whatever. A person who loves another person and wants to be in a committed relationship as long as they both shall live should have the right to get married to each other. Prop 8 was inhumane. But again – that is just my opinion.

Stepping down from my political soap box, today was another day of thesis proposal notes, Yahtzee and Dexter.

I finished all guild notes and only have some books to go… but since they haven’t come in the mail yet, I just need to work with what I got. However, when I tried to print out my notes, my computer couldn’t access our printer (my mom forgot to inform me that I would need to install some printer software on my computer…), so I’ll have to print that out tomorrow morning. Whatever!

My mom and I played some more Yahtzee (it’s our game of the summer, evidently… one summer all we did was play 500 Rummy). I dominated the game this morning, whereas she kicked my ass right before I crawled into bed to start typing this out.

My brother texted me today – “lots of Monopoly.” He’s coming to visit next week and he and I have a history of playing Monopoly. We each buy the exact same properties every time (I get the Dark Purple, Light Blue, Orange, Green and Dark Blue spaces and the Railroads while he gets everything else) and we’ve been playing that way for years. It’s still fun for us. Sometimes my sister will ask to play too, but it’s just not the same when she gets involved – she messes up our established system. Besides Monopoly, there will be some tennis, fishing and maybe some catch as well 🙂

My mom and I watched the last half of Season Two of Dexter. I am 100% sure my mom has never watched that much TV in one sitting… but we couldn’t help it. We’re sucked into the show and are eagerly anticipating Seasons Three and Four (I put them on reserve at the library… hopefully I get Season Three soon… I will be going through Michael C. Hall withdraw in a matter of days, I know it.) I love his intensity in his quiet moments, as well as when he finally wigs out every now and again. His stare is unsettling, but in the best way possible for that character. I’m so glad I finally started watching this show!!

And that’s about all… I am super tired, but even though I should try and fall asleep, I’ve been reading a few chapters of HP7 each night (even though I own this book and have a stack of library books I should be working my way through). What can I say, I love the HP series (books and movies, though I consider them two separate entities)

Have a good one and YAY California for overturning Prop 8 🙂