"Change is rarely easy, even when it's right," California Assemblymember Marty Block said today.
The California Supreme Court's decision to uphold California's Proposition 8 and letting stand that marriage should be between opposite sex couples while, at the same time, upholding the marriages of roughly 18,000 same sex couples is an odd compromise at best. While I understand their belief that the wishes of the public must be respected, the truth is that the public isn't always on the right side of what is right. This is why we have a justice system that is supposed to be blind.
Let me say here that I am still a supporter of the president. I think he's making great strides in a variety of areas. But with the Don't Ask, Don't Tell issue put on the back burner, little comment on today's California decision. It doesn't' surprise me that images like the one below appear.
Compromise is important. Compromise is necessary. But compromise must never be used to elevate one group of people over another.
The comment from the White House was not inspiring. Especially when it was asked nearly three hours after the ruling.
It's lost on no one that this is a divisive issue. But just because issues are divisive doesn't mean they should be ignored.
I don't expect everything to happen at once. I don't expect it all to happen within a week, or month or year even. But we need to move in the right direction or at least be given the hope that we are moving in the right direction.
I hope this administration doesn't bungle the gay issue the way the Clinton administration did. Yes, President Clinton brought gay issues to the forefront and we are all better for it. But that was over 15 years ago. It's time to move forward on this issue.
Comments like the one below don't offer me inspiration for change or hope. And I, for one, voted for this president becuase I want change, and I need hope!