A celebrity post on my blog? Must have to do with Prop 8.
I’m really fond of Pauley Perrette who currently plays Abby on NCIS. I’m not a big TV watcher, but I watch reruns of NCIS and I like Abby enough to have had a dream about her a few nights ago. Admittedly, in the dream, my partner wrecked a custom PT Cruiser belonging to Abby’s friend. But I don’t think that speaks to my feelings for her. That’s just the way dreams work. I like Pauley. She’s kooky and cool, and she cares enough about justice to write an open letter/essay urging people to vote no on Prop 8.
NCIS Star Pauley Perrette Takes On Prop. 8
NCISstar Pauley Perrette calls herself a “Christian, churchgoing, Bible-quoting, praying, thinking civil rights activist” — which might explain the actress’s passionate letter and grassroots efforts urging Californians to vote no on Prop. 8.
By Ken KnoxAn Advocate.com exclusive posted October 27, 2008
I realize that this could be entitled “Proposition Fear,” but it doesn’t rhyme and it doesn’t exemplify the true nature of the issue, either in initial intent or the inevitable outcome. Proposition 8 is an initiative on the ballot set for November 4, 2008, that would change the California constitution to eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry. There is nothing else to it. It is simply to “eliminate rights.”
There have been many times in the history of this country where necessary reform has been both championed and enacted. Reforming our laws can be a positive process, one which makes this country better and more true to what we stand for, such as “All men are created equal,” and “Liberty and justice for all.” In the beginning, “All men are created equal” actually meant “All white male property owners” are created equal. Later reform meant this clause was inclusive of all white males. After a while, and an enormous amount of bloodshed, women and people of color would also be afforded most of the same rights.
Marriage has taken even longer to reform. Antimiscegenation laws prevented couples of different races from marrying. It was a felonious crime, in which offenders could be imprisoned, and were. This may sound like ancient history, but it certainly is not. The case of Loving v. Virginia, which finally rid us of this unfair treatment of some of our “equals,” was finally litigated and won only in 1967. California should be proud that it was, as usual, ahead of the curve: California ended antimiscegenation laws in 1948.
There are many cultures that do not allow anyone to marry the person of their choosing at all. The person you marry is chosen for you. This practice is still in effect within certain religions. In this country, one has the right to choose their religion; thus, engaging in the tradition of your marriage partner being chosen for you, or picking your own mate, is voluntary. This should not be ruled…by the state.