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Sorry Americans, your civil rights are on hold for another four months. At least. - the funcrunch files


Aug. 16th, 2010 05:00 pm Sorry Americans, your civil rights are on hold for another four months. At least.

Appeals court keeps the stay on same-sex marriages; hearing in December.

I'm so angry I barely have anything coherent to say. I don't want to hear about how the legal process takes time, and I definitely don't want to hear about any (misguided and/or boneheaded) voters' rights being taken away. The civil rights of my fellow citizens, and more importantly, my friends, are being trampled, and that pisses me off.

If I had cash to spare I'd donate a great big wad of it to help out with this legal process. Since I don't, once I calm down I'll see if there's anything I can do that doesn't involve me meeting any Prop 8 supporters face to face, or even online. Because I have absolutely nothing nice or helpful to say to them right now.

I am not a violent person and do not wish anyone to resort to violence over this, but that doesn't mean I have to use nice, placating language either. FUCK. THIS. SHIT.

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From:funcrunch
Date:August 17th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
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It's different for me because I take this very personally. While I am a married woman it is only by virtue of the fact that I happen to be female and my husband happens to be male. I consider our genders entirely irrelevant, and find it completely unfair that the law has decreed that our friends cannot be married because they both happen to be the same gender.

Loving vs Virginia was decided only two years before my parents were married. Their marriage would have been illegal in some states before that. And I consider this to be exactly the same issue.

Whether or not I'm surprised by the length of time the appeals process will take is not the point. I'm angry because my friends and fellow citizens are being denied basic human rights. And while in the grand scheme of things four more months might not appear so bad, I feel it is easy to say that from a position of privilege, a position I neither earned nor asked for.
From:vvvexation
Date:August 17th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
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I'll probe at you in turn, then: Is it really the case that you aren't taking it personally because that would drain you? Or is it just fortunate, since taking it personally would drain you, that you happen to be able not to?
From:funcrunch
Date:August 17th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
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That xkcd strip might apply to someone who gets overly worked up over airline baggage fees or lost iPhone signals, but you're right, it doesn't apply to me. Because the denial of basic human rights to American citizens is a monstrous injustice. And damn right I'm angry about it.

As far as putting my energy toward constructive use, I already said I was exploring what I could do that didn't involve financial commitment or talking to people directly. So today signed up to do volunteer office work at Equality California.

I'm still angry though, and as far as I'm concerned, I have every right to be.