Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Olbermann on Prop 8

By popular demand, here is Keith Olbermann's "Special Comment" on the passage of California's Prop 8.
I don't usually have a lot of patience for Olbermann and his rants, but this is really something else:

"In a time of impermanence and fly-by-night relationships, these people over here want the same chance at permanence and happiness that is your option. They don't want to deny you yours. They don't want to take anything away from you. They want what you want—a chance to be a little less alone in the world...

...And uncountable in our history are the number of men and women, forced by society into marrying the opposite sex, in sham marriages, or marriages of convenience, or just marriages of not knowing, centuries of men and women who have lived their lives in shame and unhappiness, and who have, through a lie to themselves or others, broken countless other lives, of spouses and children, all because we said a man couldn't marry another man, or a woman couldn't marry another woman. The sanctity of marriage.

How many marriages like that have there been and how on earth do they increase the "sanctity" of marriage rather than render the term, meaningless?

What is this, to you? Nobody is asking you to embrace their expression of love. But don't you, as human beings, have to embrace that love? The world is barren enough."

Take seven minutes to watch it - it's very touching.


At November 13, 2008 at 3:58 PM , Blogger Roscoe said...

Not to be cold, cause really, it was very touching, but this kind of emotional stuff should be saved for somewhere other than the news and the reasons why certain things should and shouldn't be rights. Like how am I supposed to argue with this guy about why I think gay marriage shouldn't be a right or law when he is already cornering me out as some unloving and uncaring person.

Again, don't get me wrong, I was moved by it. But you can be moved by so many things, including religion, and I could think of some rhetoric against gay marriage that is just as moving and dole it out to some Christian conservatives and get the same kind of visceral reaction. Ya dig?


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