April 12, 2009

I believe in reproductive choice and same-sex marriage. I believe in affirmative action and equity.

Other people are anti-choice and believe that marriage is only between a man and woman. Others believe that affirmative action is unnecessary because we are all equal anyway. And some believe that women should be subservient to men, that patriarchy is the will of gods.

It’s the viciousness that stuns me. And the lies. The ugly, cruel lies.

Approval of same-sex marriage does not mean that children will be taught to love others of the same gender. People cannot be taught to love and to be sexually attracted to someone. But people should be expected to respect different beliefs. And we can teach our children to form their own opinions, accept disagreement and argue their own point of view. But not with viciousness and lies.

I’m disgusted by the ugliness of the campaign against same-sex marriage in California. I’m disgusted that these same campaigners plan to blanket U.S. states with the viciousness and lies. I’m disgusted by the fear mongers who relish promoting fear and anger.

Filed under: Social Commentary

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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