I had to find a way to process and channel all the the anger and disappointment that has been consuming me since the passing of Prop 8 in California. I watch the news coverage and read about the protests in the aftermath and feel so helpless. I got a question--- How is it possible to take rights away from a group? It just doesn't make sense to me.
My goal is to do about three portraits a week of gay people in my life: close friends, acquaintances, blog buddies, and email friends. I plan on spending roughly an hour on each of these. I'll pose the question to each person: What are your thoughts about gay marriage and Prop 8? My site will continue to have the Tivo drawings about those wacky Housewives and the Martinique and my nine year old nephew fabulousness. I just don't want this gay marriage issue to go away. To those of you who've written and asked that I stop pushing my ideas and stick to what I know, I'll say this--- I don't take kindly to my rights taken away, I don't like the message that the passing of Prop 8 sends to young gay people, and I know as long as I'm doing this blog--- I'll do it the way that feels right to me.
I'm starting with my other half.
I call him my honey bunny which is why I have that little rabbit in the corner. Our thirteen years together have been much like anyone else's relationship: we share our lives and love, struggles, joy, and difficulties. I see his family as my extended family and hope he feels the same about mine. Had Prop 8 been defeated then certainly we would have gotten married. One day.
So I asked my guy his thoughts about gay marriage and Prop 8.
I feel that marriage should be a fundamental right belonging to all consenting, rational-thinking adults regardless of the gender of the two individuals. It's a shame that during a time of such unimaginable social progress in America that we find ourselves allowing the discrimination of a segment of our population. I can only hope that one day the majority of Americans can put side their feelings and understand this country is made up of many different beliefs, cultures, political and social views, and it is very important to respect all. HOPE!
Thanks honey bunny!
Pen and ink on 9" x 12" hot press watercolor paper.