So I got this pamphlet in the mail today that was pushing for the ban on gay marrige. I was absolutely peeved by this. I couldn't even see straight! (Not that I can right now, lol!) So I did my homework at 11:00 this evening and when I was finished, I wrote them a letter. Very oppinionated but I conveyed my point. I thought I'd share it with you all. Read and feel my wrath.
"I am a 17 year old gay male who is a student at Churchill High School in Eugene, Oregon. I arrived home today and to my dismay, I found one of your pamphlets, that is supporiting discrimination, in my mail box. I opened it up to read it, only to find that I was correct.
I read all 7 of your platforms that you have supplied to support your reasoning of starting this Coalition. I do not agree with any of them. Although I am only 17 and not as informed I might be if I were old enough to vote, I noted that you had said "Seven 'Facts' You Must Know". At least 2 of the arguments in this pamphlet are purely subjective. A child may be raised "in a healthy, socially accptable manner", more or less in a hetersexual household and family setting. But Consider this; a homosexual couple has the capibility of providing the same amenities of nurturing and love that a hetersexual couple does. So, basicaly, your pamphlet is implying that a homosexual couple lacks these capibilities completely. That is to say that a homosexual couple with a child is irresponcible and incapable of raising a well rounded individual, able to function in todays modern society. If this is not what you wanted to convey, then I suggest that you make the needed changes. (Also, think of the thousands uppon thousands of childeren who live in abusive households today...)
Which brings me to my next conflict. Everything that you are supporting leads right back to discrimination. You are saying, purely because I love a man and wish to marry him, I should not be allowed to. That concept is highly contradictory. To say that because I am different, I should not be given the right to marry who I love. There is no more 'sanctity' to protect anymore in this day and age with marrige. The divorce rate in the United States is up to 1 in every 2 couples end up in a divorce. Think of how much impact Oregon will have on this. One state out of 50 is not much to ride on. So from a different perspective, there is no holiness to marrige if it can be broken that easily. And it is proven, that most of the gay couples that have been together for 20 years or more and are waiting to take advantage of this, or at least to revive hope for, are more likely to STAY committed. Because after civil union is recognised, it would be as an average relationship would be, except with benifits and commodities given to an average American couple.
Another thing you are over looking is the benifits you are depleating these loving U.S. citizens of by supporting this. If this Measure is passed, thousands of gay couples will be denyed the simplistic benifits of marrige that you take advantage of. Like the medical rights, to see a loved one who has been badly hurt and has been admitted to a hospital. How would you feel if you were denyed the ability to visit your husband or wife, who happened to be in a coma behind those hospital doors? You would feel out of control. Losing tough with him/her. What if he/she died and you never got to say good bye, or tell them how much you loved them? Think of this, and think of what you are trying to deny these people.
I am not asking you to step down. I respect that you people have beliefs and this is to be expected with anything in life. An oppinion. Everyone has one, and I thought I'd share mine with you.
Thank you for listening.
-- Adaam King
17 Eugene, Oregon"