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Prop. 8 is fanatical and filled with prejudice. Why trust gay men and women to cut your hair, write your television shows, do your banking, file your taxwork, drive your buses, serve as your councilmen, your senator woman, operate on your bodies, teach your children, write up your life insurance policies, pay taxes, bag your groceries, pour your coffees, sell you clothing, defend your legal cases, act as your shrink, and in my case, serve as your literature professor, why trust us to have civic responsibilities, to perform and participate in business, government, religious life, the arts, education. . . and then tell us that you don’t believe we should be able to marry. Why wouldn’t you trust us to believe in love, to choose for ourselves who to make lifelong commitments to, to pursue the sacred endeavors of a spiritual pursuit with another person, to make for ourselves family, to have a ceremony and to have legal rights that endorse that ceremony?


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AMY KING View All →

Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

3 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Thanks, Amy, for this post.

    I have heard almost nothing about Prop 8 since the election, for many reasons, I suppose. Obama’s win was so historical that it was the sole news of the day. And of course not all of the votes in California are counted, so the results are not official.

    I also think Prop 8 stayed out of the news because it points to an unfortunate truth: a lot of Obama supporters are homophobic. Obama won California by a huge margin, twenty-four percentage points, so no one on the Left can blame the apparent success of Prop 8 on those demons, the Republicans.

    There has been a delusional narrative during this election: if you support Obama, you will be cleansed of your ability to oppress others. Gone is your racism. Sexism no longer matters, and it is impossible to hurt the poor anymore. The only people in the country who need to learn something are those white trash b**ches and racists who, as a voting block, didn’t support Obama.

    Now that the election is over, I hope we can come together in the real world where everyone needs work.

  2. I am disappointed too. I agree with everything you said, and eagerly await the day when the bible is not used as the basis of our laws in this country. Gay rights are human rights, and anyone who denies that is just fooling themselves.

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