Tuesday was a big day in history. The Supreme Court had a hearing for Proposition 8, a state constitutional amendment in California banning gay marriage. Prop 8 was passed in November of 2008, and on Tuesday March 26, 2013 the Supreme Court held a hearing to either keep prop 8, or overturn it. Tuesday wasn’t the only exciting day us LGBTQ folks had. On Wednesday, March 27th 2013, The Supreme Court also had a hearing on DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act) which would ban gay marriage everywhere. Following Tuesday’s news, the youth group got together and asked, “What law would you enact?” Of course we all expected to hear “Legalizing gay marriage everywhere”, but that wasn’t the case for all of us.
“Every second Wednesday every female has to wear a bikini!”
“Women must make the same amount of money a man does if they work the same job. This whole, only getting 77 cents of each dollar a man makes is ridiculous!”
“Legalize marijuana everywhere, DUH!”
“Legalize gay marriage, why hasn’t anyone said that yet?” A youth asked, and we all laughed and agreed.
“It’s kinda the answer we all expected, I mean, we all want that.”
So of course the topic following was how you feel about what’s going on in the Supreme Court today.
Every hand in the room went up simultaneously.
“It is written in our constitution that we have the freedom of religion, so basing your argument of why gay marriage should not be allowed because of religion is immoral and unconstitutional, this argument should not even be an argument.” Stated one youth, who received a round of applause after her rant.
Then the heat was turned up when one youth, raised her hand and was called on to speak.
“I don’t think we’re ready to have gay marriage legalized. Of course I support it, I’m bisexual and I want to marry whomever I chose, but I’m afraid this will result in violence and riots and if we can’t go without hurting others in the LGBTQ Community, how can we expect others to treat us fairly? Look what happened to the African Americans when they wanted equal rights, they got hurt and there were riots and it was horrible-”
Another youth yelled out “But dude, they won! They won because they fought for what they believed in and what they knew they deserved!” Anger built up inside the two youth, and their voices got a little loud. An adult advisor had to step in to say that everyone was entitled to their opinion, and we cannot judge others for what they think.
After that, things went pretty smoothly. The conversation was held up until it was time to leave, and we were all talking about when we were going to know when they either legalized gay marriage or didn’t.
We don’t want to wait ’til June!