…It’s called criminalize the symptoms while you spread the disease.*

This weekend was full of all the push and pull that comes when 10 million people split, almost right down the middle, on an issue that feels so important to both sides. Prop 8 opponents took to the streets again in California, and around the world, this Saturday to express their outrage. On Friday, supporters of Proposition 8 held a press conference decrying what they called “lawlessness, harassment, trampling of civil rights and now domestic terrorism.”

The charge of domestic terrorism refers to two envelopes containing a mysterious but harmless, white powder that were received at a Mormon temple in Los Angeles and the Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City. Of course, there is no proof that these envelopes were sent by anyone other than the Mormon Church itself, the President, or anybody else. The Utah Pride Center said in a statement “It is false to conclude that yesterday’s suspicious package came from gay protesters. Overwhelmingly, gay and allied Utahns have expressed their pain, frustration and commitment to securing rights through peaceful demonstrations and marches.”

The supporters of Proposition 8 contend that they are being “harassed” by “crybabies” who cannot accept the outcome of a “democratic process.” Clearly, we live in an era of double speak where the “democratic process” is perverted to mean voting on initiatives that restrict the civil rights of a minority group, a time when the efforts of the minority group to protest its own mistreatment are labeled as “intolerance and bigotry” that tramples the “civil rights” of the oppressor. Apparently, the Yes on 8 campaign can no longer trample on the rights of gays and lesbians because those rights have been taken away.

The group’s leader, he whose name will not be spoken, said “They don’t have a right to blacklist and boycott our supporters.” To this I must argue, yes, actually, they do. Defamatory statements notwithstanding, boycotting businesses that supported the measure is completely legal. Using a ballot measure to strip equality from a single minority group, now that is unprecedented.

If the court does not overturn proposition 8, many people are suggesting that a ballot initiative to repeal it be placed before voters in an upcoming election. As a person whose life is being decidedly changed by a mere check mark, I must say that we should not be allowed to vote on the legality of each other’s existence. It is dangerous. Although it is me this time, it will just as soon be you.

*Quoted with so much love from “’Tis of Thee” by Ani Difranco. Ani, please write a song to comfort us. We are heartbroken.

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