Looking Back & Moving Forward

4 11 2008

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400 years ago North America was the destination of choice for those escaping discrimination.

150 years ago it was legal to own human beings.

90 years ago it was illegal for women to vote.

60 years ago, there were separate drinking fountains for black people and white people.

45 years ago it was illegal for a white person to marry a non-white person.

Today there is actually a vote in California to overturn a Supreme Court decision and ban gay marriage.

In the past we realized that we were wrong and we moved forward with equality.

Will today be a step forward, or several steps back?

When you look back on history, which side do you want to be on?

 

 





iThankYou

29 10 2008

Thanks to Apple for publicly speaking out against California’s Proposition 8!

Below is the statement from the Apple website:

“Apple is publicly opposing Proposition 8 and making a donation of $100,000 to the No on 8 campaign. Apple was among the first California companies to offer equal rights and benefits to our employees’ same-sex partners, and we strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights — including the right to marry — should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.”

Well said!

I guess all the religious extremists and other assorted bigots will be taking back their iPods and iPhones.





Sound familiar?

27 10 2008

So we’ve heard all of the reasons why gay marriage should not be legal in America, right?

In fact, have we heard it all before?

Take a few minutes and watch this, and then decide which side of history you wish to stand on.





An Intro to Prop 8

27 10 2008

As Election Day gets closer, I find myself becoming increasingly disgusted. Well yes, of course about Sarah Palin, but that’s a topic for another blog altogether. What I’m referring to is another vote that will take place in California – the vote on Proposition 8.

Those of you who know me from Facebook have no doubt seen my countless postings of videos and articles on Prop 8 over the past several weeks, but in case you don’t know exactly what this is all about, let me fill you in.

First, here’s some background on the topic. You may recall that earlier this year, the Supreme Court of California overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, making California the second state to recognize same-sex unions. Great news, right?

Well… here comes the bad (or is it just plain sad) news.

Proposition 8 is a proposed amendment to the California constitution which if passed into law would be known as the California Marriage Protection Act. This California ballot proposition will appear on the November 4, 2008 ballot along with eleven other statewide propositions. Proposition 8 is one of four ballot measures which propose to amend the California state constitution and appears on the ballot titled as Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry.

If it passes, it will add a new constitutional amendment to the California Constitution that will say “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California” and it will be known in law as the California Marriage Protection Act.

Can you believe it? A proposition to write discrimination into the California Constitution? A proposition that would take a civil right away from people?

This alone is enough to disgust me, but the ads and actions of the supporters of Prop 8 are nothing short of reprehensible. Christian “family organizations” are leading the pack on the “Vote Yes” side, and their ads and tactics are full of lies and hate. And these are supposed to be Christian groups, right? Um… k?

Anyhow, I could rant on and on about their nonsense (and I’m sure I will in a future blog), but for now let’s just look at the facts. If this proposition passes, a civil right will be taken away from a group of people. If that happens, there will be a precedent set for such an action. And then what? Where is the line drawn? What civil rights that you enjoy today may be removed tomorrow?

Think about it… it’s truly frightening.





Brian’s Halloween Advice

26 10 2008

Can you believe it? This year is really flying by! I mean, can you believe that Friday night is Halloween?

Since this is without a doubt my FAVE holiday, I thought I’d kick off Halloween week with a Public Service Announcement that I made back in 2005.

CLICK HERE TO ENJOY!





Ready or not…

26 10 2008

That’s right! After all this time away from my MySpace blogs (and for that matter, from MySpace in general) I decided to open up a blog over here with the rest of the cool kids. You know… peer pressure will do that to you.

I’ve pretty much spent the past several weeks trying to decide what to write, how to make an entrance, and all that jazz. After many vetoed ideas, nothing seemed good enough, so I kept stalling.

And tonight I decided… no more stalling. It’s time to jump in head first and do what I do best – talk (er type) endlessly and get my thoughts out there.

To those of you who know me from MySpace, welcome to the new blog. And to those of you who are brand new to me – buckle up, hang on, and enjoy the ride!

More to come soon…








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