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Spencer Borup / Blog

Today Is Bigger Than My First Blog

I found it incredibly inspiring that today should be the day I happened to start my blog. Today, four and a half years after its creation, Proposition 8 is being examined by the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. The endgoal -- to finally deem it as unconstitutional. Prop 8, if for some reason you aren't yet aware, was passed in 2008 in the state of California, effectively banning marriage between two men or two women.

It seems absolutely ludicrous to me that such a law stripping certain citizens of equality actually exists and survived this long. This is the year 2013; it isn't 1919, or 1965, is it? We're supposed to have made progress, right? All the struggles people of our nation had to endure to ascertain their own basic rights to vote should have paved the road for equality in all things, right?

And yet, I have watched friends and loved ones on either side of the spectrum. I see people on one side: people I truly care about, along with complete strangers as well, who cannot marry the person they love and wish to share their life with. It pains them, and I feel their pain. And then I see the people on the other side: people I know strongly oppose gay marriage. I was raised Mormon, and while I am no longer affiliated with that group in any way, a lot of friends and family of mine are -- and so I see more people I know opposed to marriage equality than most other people witness... I hope.

I don't understand the people on that side of the fence. You do not have an argument that validly puts you above others simply because they are different than you. You cannot accept a country's laundry list of drunken Vegas nuptials that end just hours later and celebrities who have been married and divorced half a dozen times, just to turn around and say that two people of the same gender getting married will "ruin the sanctity of marriage".

Another thing: Separation of Church and State is a thing. Remember that? Quoting a religious book does not make sense in the 21st century. We'd be living very different lives, where we couldn't eat ham or have round haircuts or play football with a true "pigskin"; where you couldn't practice safe sex or get tattoos or even wear polyester; where you can't wear gold or pearls or braid your hair or wear costly clothing; where a person handicapped from war or birth defects isn't allowed inside a church; where women aren't allowed to speak inside a church -- and where you aren't allowed to get divorced or remarried. So even without the separation of Church and State, living your life in a literal sense in accordance to a book such as the Bible isn't something that you can force on Americans everywhere.

I guess what I'm trying to say is.... Let us eat our pork and wear our polyester. Let us marry the person we fall in love with. Let us share the same civil rights as the next person.

Today is going to be a great day. And the future... is bright.

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