Friday, August 01, 2003

There are some heart-rending posts on Andrew Sullivan's site regarding the recent declaration from the Catholic church and President Bush's comments against gay marriage. While the hate mail and stories of people losing their faith and trust of the Catholic church are awful, it is warming to see people standing up for the right to love whoever they want and not allowing themselves to feel guilty for it.

People are often asked what they think is the most important thing in life. There are many answers, and while as a 20 year old senior in college I have much more to learn about life, at the moment my answer is love. To find that one person who makes you so happy, who fills your life with extra meaning, who makes everything that much better just by existing, just by being with you. It is so rare and so hard to find, how can you say that you can't find it in someone of the same sex, or someone of a different religion?

This is why I get so upset when I talk to my friends who refuse to marry anyone who isn't Jewish. Yes, my Judaism is important to me and I believe I will want to raise my children Jewish, but how can you allow something like that to overshadow a chance at love? Differences can be worked around, problems can be worked out, but when I find that person who I know if right for me I will not let anything stand in my way. And how dare you deny someone else that kind of happiness? How dare you deny yourself that kind of happiness?

Thursday, July 31, 2003

Bush wants marriage reserved for heterosexuals.

"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, and I think we ought to codify that one way or another," Bush told reporters at a White House news conference. "And we've got lawyers looking at the best way to do that."

I think I'm going to be sick.

Monday, July 28, 2003

Good news from Iraq.

I've often been fascinated by the idea of how to start a government from scratch. There are so many things to consider; so many needs to take care of. The fact that someone at one point sat down and wrote out a Constituion and established a rule of law seems only a story out of history books. So it strikes me as especially odd and amazing to read about Iraquis actually doing this right now. While I idly while away my summer there are men convening a constitutional convention to establish a new government for their country. It really is an amazing and inspiring thing.