Hallmark, probably one of the most conservative champions of middle American mores out there, is prepared to support gay marriage in the form of new greeting cards specifically aimed at commemorating gay landmarks such as weddings, anniversaries and more. Of course, lest you think their motives are wholly altruistic, keep in mind that in these uncertain economic times, a large company simply can't afford to ignore a burgeoning market.
Yet, where corporate America is all too eager to embrace gay marriage (hey, money talks baby), a well-funded, right wing constituency is working to turn over gay marriage in California, and you can bet Ellen and Portia, among others, disagree.
Proposition 8 seeks to overturn the May ruling that (rightly, in my mind, anyway), gays can marry in the state of California. And yes, call me all the names you want, but I wholeheartedly support the human rights measure that gay marriage represents and ensures. In fact, as a love and relationship editor, everyday I read mail and posts from people who can't find that "connection," and methinks, if you are lucky enough to find that, then who are we to impose backhanded morals on people who are willing to make a legal stand? (Oh, I'm sorry, the institution of marriage and its 50% divorce rate is so damn sacred.) And why do I bother then? Because if same sex marriage should be honored anywhere, it should be allowed in a country based on the ideals of freedom a bunch of hooligans who wanted to buck the system in the first place began. If you feel similarly, check out Vote No on Prop 8, which is a great way to get involved in what I think is a measure that simply can't be ignored. As one Prop 8 supporter put it, "It's just not Californian to oppose gay marriage." As far as I can see, it's just not American.
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