This is Jason and he's my friend Rob's significant other. It's such a relief when your good friends are in a relationship with someone who you really like as well. They are such a great couple and it's a pleasure that I can call Jason a friend too. He's funny, compassionate, and dare I say--- easy on the eyes. On a side note, something I love about Jason is his true blue Madonna fan status. If I need to rant and rave over a new Madonna song, he's my first email. :)
I emailed Jason last Friday afternoon to see if he'd be interested in participating in this series and, if so, to get his thoughts on marriage and Prop 8. Jason emailed me back minutes later with the following response which you can read in the second half on this posting.
Here's how the series is shaping up so far.....
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I believe that marriage should be honored and recognized by every state ... giving equal access, support, and freedom to all adults, regardless of sexual orientation. It confuses me when I try to understand the rationale behind strictly defining marriage by governments. I have a hard time digesting that our leaders, taxes, and communities support such bigoted unequal policies! I mean, it can't be faith, we separate from that right? Its not economics. We create law and do so to make things more balanced. All men created equal! I really don't get it.
I went to a wedding this summer of two friends of mine who are gay. It was a day full of such love, celebration, and connection. Not only between the two getting married but for their families and friends, their church, and in this case, the governments of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada. I always cry at weddings, but on their wedding day my tears fell for reasons far beyond their happy, hopeful union. I felt such overwhelming acceptance and support of their love by friends, family, church, God, government, the caterers, dj, EVERYONE! There was no judgments on them because of who they were, only on their love. And I believe that is all marriage should be â¦ recognition of two people join in a partnership by love. I hope we get there, and soon.
of Prop 8 killed by election day buzz! Seriously! Once
again (as in 2000 and 2004) I felt like I lived in some kind of bubble
that popped and where all of a sudden everything and everyone around me
was foreign! I never once thought that Prop 8 would pass in California.
Never! In 1992 when Amendment 2 passed in Colorado I got angry! I felt
energized to fight back! When I heard this news of prop 8 I became very
dejected and grievous. To know that such extreme ideas about gay people
exists made me very sad. To
realize that a majority of the population in a blue state still thinks
that gay people should be treated differently ... should be treated as
less â¦ made me hang my head and feel down, defeated. And makes me
feel slightly exhausted at just the idea of how much work we'll al have
to do to turn these ideas around. Saying that, I believe the work will
get done and change will happen. Personally, I'm starting by marching
with my boyfriend this Saturday for marriage equality in Washington
State. I hope to find new inspiration and energy in those gathering for
the same issue this weekend. And am fairly confident I will.
Thanks Jason! You make me proud too.
Portrait of Jason done with pen, ink washes, and gouache for the eyes on 9" x 12" hot press watercolor paper.