NO on Prop 8!

Reasons Ayumi is Voting NO on Prop 8

*It’s an issue of rights plain and simple* 

I’m sure most would agree that it’s unjust to deny a person the right to join in marriage with the person of one’s choice. FYI in 1948 California was the first state court in the country to strike down a law prohibiting interracial marriage. It was the only state supreme court to do so before the United States Supreme Court invalidated all those laws in 1967. The California Supreme Court held that ”Legislation infringing such rights must be based upon more than prejudice and must be free from oppressive discrimination to comply with the constitutional requirements of due process and equal protection of the laws” (Perez v. Sharp (1948) 32 Cal.2d 711, 714-715). That’s some pretty deep stuff isn’t it? I think a lot of this still rings true…

*Because voting ‘yes’ is just plain mean*

I’m trying to teach Aya that just because she doesn’t want to play with a toy, it doesn’t mean she should take the toy away from someone else, yell “MINE” and keep it to herself even though she isn’t even going to play with that specific toy. Okay so I’m not sure if that makes sense, but the point is: it’s mean to keep other people from enjoying their lives and infringing on their pursuit of happiness just because you disagree with who they love even though it bears NO implication on your own personal life. If you’re scared to death that your child will come home saying that Prince Charming can find his own Prince and live happily ever after, GET A GRIP. Worry more about your child’s ability to be a warm, loving, and caring individual who can be analytical enough to think for themselves, just say no to drugs, take a bite out of crime and become a non-hate mongering adult.  

*Amending California’s Constitution is serious business* 

The idea of inserting discrimination and intolerance into our state constitution makes me very unsettled and disturbed. If this doesn’t strike a chord in you, maybe it should. I would imagine that most reasonable people would agree that it is unfair to legally treat people differently based on who they choose to share life’s ups and downs with. 
I hope you plan on VOTING NO on Prop 8. If so, I encourage you to do what you can. Personally, I’m e-mailing, myspacing, facebooking old friends, new friends, family, and new family with a personal message on why I think this is important.  I’ll keep you all updated on how it goes!
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