In case you're not aware, there are four legislative ballot questions in November in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington regarding marriage equality. 
Being that marriage equality is the law of the land in the State of New York, I don't have much to worry about... (well a little, but I'll get to that in a bit).
But I was thinking about how I can support my friends who are looking to gain marriage equality in these places?
Although at times, I think I can be someone eloquent (at other times, I'm just long-winded), I realize that there are some folks who have made some amazing YouTube videos that can more concisely say what I would want to say. 
The first video is from John Corvino
Dr. Corvino is an Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He also happens to be a fellow Nassau County native who went to Chaminade High School. (The Catholic high school I would have gone to if my parents had the desire or funds to send me there. My left handedness was enough to scare my mom from letting those folks at my knuckles.)
In his video, he responds so well to a question a friend of mine who lives in Maryland posed to me. My friend asked me why GLBT can't be just happy with Civil Unions. Well, here's part one of the answer:
But some of this can fall on deaf ears for those who are not for marriage equality, but may feel that civil unions are just fine so long as they are equal in the eyes of the law.
Although John points out that separate but equal hasn't really ever worked out too well. The following video, which is geared specifically at debunking the anti-equality ads that are currently running in Maine, at the 4:15 mark, the speaker points out  that the concept of separate but equal puts an undue burden on the government.
But getting back to my friend in Maryland. I told him that honestly I would be happy with civil unions if EVERYONE in the United States would be required to get civil unions to be fully recognized by the government as a couple who has indicated their desire to be together. In another words, no civil marriages.
However, to undo the wording in all laws at all levels of government would be simply impossible and therefore, we must allow civil marriages to all people, regardless of gender or orientation.
It's what these two Pastors in Maryland are saying:
So there you have it.
Earlier though, I said that I don't have much to worry about with regard to marriage equality living in New York State. However, I do have some concern. That is, that on a federal level (heck, at any level), I cannot vote for any candidate who advocates for my rights and blessings that I receive as an American citizen to be diminished in any way, shape, or form. That issue must supersede any other policy position that they have even if I strongly agree with them.
Why? Because my ability to be the best American I can be is hinged upon the inalienable rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as stated in the Declaration of Independence. As a law-abiding gay American, I will never vote for anyone who believes that I don't deserve those rights.
I now will step down from my soapbox and hope that during my time there, I have helped someone somewhere understand why marriage equality is important for all Americans. And if you're in one of those four states, please vote accordingly.

UPDATE: 
Here it is, November 8, 2012 and ALL FOUR initiatives went toward the support of the marriage equality. Here are some of the joyous reactions:
For my friends in Maine... Andy in particular:
For my friends in Minnesota:
The thread here is that all these people were joyous in the fact that they are moving closer to equality. No one here in these videos were chanting "Death to Christianity," "Straight People are Awful," or anything else of that nature. They, like all people, just want to be able to show their love and affection to that special someone like the rest of our civil society. It is the American way.
So thank you to all in these States who voted for Marriage Equality... gay, straight, bi, black, white, Christian, Jewish, atheist, whatever.. Thank you for believing that this nation is "by ALL people, and for ALL people."
 


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