Glad I'm Not Alone

Posted by: Andee / Category: , ,


I just read some comments from a couple of amazing women who I love very much.

They let me know that they, too, were angry, frustrated, sad, hurt, and dismayed by the outcome of Proposition 8 in California.

When I heard the news this morning, my heart sunk. I had a lot emotionally invested in this fight, and I am not alone. There are so many people that are hurting right now because the voters in California decided that discrimination is okay...

Ugh.

Humanity took a huge hit last night.

One thing I do know, is that we won't stop fighting or speaking out about this. We will keep at this, write our leaders, open conversations with our friends and family and share our opinions on the issue. We won't give up. Not until everyone in this country is equal.

I will never forget being a part of this courageous fight. I was honored to work with Andrew Callahan, Peter and Mary Danzig, and everyone else who spoke out against the church and their role in this issue. At times, we were one family, fighting for a common goal...

The day I met others in Salt Lake City to hand deliver the hundreds of letters that had been sent to the SigningForSomething.org website is a day I will remember until the day I die. It is one of the most important things I ever have been a part of. I remember walking across the street to church headquarters crying and shaking (while trying to take photos...). We all felt the emotion of the moment. Even if others didn't have the chance to be there, they were represented by the letters they wrote. For one brief moment, we mattered.

Regardless of the outcome, we were heard. We didn't hide in the corner and become part of the problem, we fought like hell for what we believed was right.


The reason I chose these photos from the signingforsomething.org delivery is because the future is not set in stone. This young girl will be our age eventually, and she will understand the importance of equality and standing for something. Her generation will make their mark, and I hope by then the world will be ready for a little more acceptance and love.

The cause is so important that even a young girl knows it. If she can see it, why can't everyone else? What are people so afraid of? Why don't they get it?

To all those out there who are broken down over this, please remember that we achieved a huge part of our goal... to make sure that everyone out there knew that we thought this was wrong. I want to personally thank everyone who sent in their letters, signed the petitions, started conversations with friends and family, and most of all, thanks to all who cared.

We did make a difference.

Andee


4 comments:

  1. Demand More Says:

    I love your blog and I love you for blogging it! :)

    This whole thing has taught me how important it is to stand up for what I believe. It's made me realize what is important not just for me and my family but for our country and humans as a whole.

    When I was Mormon I thought things were just meant to be, now I know things happen because we make them happen and we need to fight like hell for it too!

    Someday this issue will be back in UT and I will be doing everything I can as a citizen here to get the actual facts out instead of lies and misinformation.

    Shit, I'm crying again. I just keep thinking of those amazing people who are good, honest, hard working people. Those who would fight for our rights in a war to keep our religious freedom. Today their freedoms were taken away because some stupid, arcaic book says their lifestyle is wrong.
    I just can't imagine having to tell my kids that my marriage means less than someone elses and why.

    I could go on forever but I guess I just have to get over this and be ready for the next time I can do my part to make sure no ones right are ripped from them.

    I'm proud to be your friend and to know you! Hang in there at work, even when the brain washed zombies say idiotic comments. Just think, it gives you more to blog about :)

    Amber

  1. Joel McDonald Says:

    I was in a conversation with a lesbian couple last week who mentioned that if Proposition 8 were to pass, which is has now, that the legal action taken by Californians, especially the thousands whose marriages are now in legal limbo, would be boost in the right direction toward the federal garauntee of gay marriage rights.

    It's not over yet. Check out more of my thoughts over at my political blog, Virginia Beach Progressives.

    It's not over. Not by a long shot.

  1. Andee Says:

    Demand More,

    I am just as happy to know you! There are some amazing people out there and you are one of 'em.

    Andee

  1. Andee Says:

    Joel,

    That is exactly what we need, a huge decision by federal or national officials to step in and say for once and for all that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional... which it is.

    Andee