While watching the news yesterday I found out that Prop 8 was overturned by the U.S. Appeals Court. Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the author of the majority opinion, said that “there was no evidence for the claims of Prop. 8 sponsors that banning same-sex marriage would promote children’s welfare or responsible procreation, and no legal basis to exclude an entire group of people from marrying merely because of tradition.”
Many times I had been an opponent of changing the status quo as well, using the excuse of tradition as my justification. Standing against something came easy to me because I was afraid of change.
Standing for something is much more difficult, as the fight to strike down Proposition 8 proves. But after seeing the supporters of equal marriage rights moved to tears and embracing each other to celebrate a small victory in a long uphill battle, I too became a believer that dreams are worth fighting for, no matter what you are up against.
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