Hello Bloggers - The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Brad Pitt and family are donating $100,000 to fight California's Proposition 8, a November ballot initiative seeking to eliminate a same-sex couples' right to marry. Brad, Angelina and family have donated so much money to good causes over the past few years - mostly to help young children and victims of Katrina I think - they deserve high praise status in my opinion. At the very least they deserve a special mention on this blog.
"No one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8," the actor said in a statement yesterday. Many in the entertainment industry are working to defeat the controversial initiative, including Democratic billionaire Ron Burkle.
Prop. 8 will deny gays the right to marry, will take away important benefits such as health insurance and other family rights, and will complicate decision-making related to medical emergencies and other situations in domestic partnerships. Hundreds of thousands of dollars - most from the christian right outside California - has been donated to Prop. 8 proponents. The measure was placed on the ballot after the California Supreme Court invalidated the state's prohibition on same-sex marriage in May.
I wish the world didn't bother with things like the anti-family Prop. 8 campaign, but it does. I never understand discrimination, especially when it could lead to strengthening families and society, but I guess I'm not supposed to. I'm not designed that way.
For those of you who believe in Prop 8 and similar initiatives, I ask you to look in a mirror and ask yourself "what if." What if you had been born that way, or felt that way? If you think it impossible, then I accuse you of being an arrogant idiot. If you think that you would simply not be that way, and simply change your ways, then I accuse you of being an ignorant fool. If you think that you would simply not get married, then I accuse you of being unloving. If you think you might be wrong, and should be more empathetic, then I think you're finally beginning to catch-on. Now get off your ass and donate some money to fight Prop 8!
Thursday's Political News and Rant #2 - Michael