All this month I am participating in the A to Z Challenge. Today's letter is...
Perhaps because I was raised during the era of the civil rights movement, I've always been a supporter of equal rights. In my formative years my heroes were the leaders of the civil rights movement: the Freedom Riders, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Julian Bond, and Medgar Evers, to name just a few. I greatly admired those who, at great personal risk, used civil resistance in the fight against racial discrimination.
Throughout the 60's my family never bought grapes, honoring the grape boycott organized by the United Farmworkers who were boycotting to improve the working conditions and pay for farmworkers.
Although I never burned a bra, I certainly supported the women's liberation movement in the 70's. I was still naive enough to believe that centuries of domination would be overturned within the decade. We have yet to pass an equal rights amendment to the United States Constitution.
I can probably blame my leftist leanings on my mother who marched at the U.S. border in support of immigration reform and donated to every liberal cause, and probably to more than a few scams in the last years of her life. My brother saved the bumper stickers from her car...
It should come as no surprise that I am a strong supporter of marriage equity and LGBT rights. I was stunned in 2004 when Oregon passed a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Try as I might, I can't understand why anyone cares who anyone else marries. I understand that some people cite religious reasons for not supporting marriage equity, but those people are certainly free to not marry a same sex partner. Government has no business legislating who we love. Consenting adults should have the right to marry any other consenting adult. Groups in Oregon are organizing to once again challenge the legality of the ban on same sex marriages in Oregon.
Today's theme is equality. To find out more about Marriage Equity visit Freedom to Marry.org