Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Olbermann: It's a matter of heart
Okay, I'm not a huge fan Keith Olbermann (in fact, I'm really no fan at all) but this - THIS - is stellar.
Here's the piece that got me:
"I keep hearing this term "re-defining" marriage. If this country hadn't re-defined marriage, black people still couldn't marry white people. Sixteen states had laws on the books which made that illegal in 1967."
"The parents of the President-Elect of the United States couldn't have married in nearly one third of the states of the country their son grew up to lead. But it's worse than that. If this country had not "re-defined" marriage, some black people still couldn't marry black people. It is one of the most overlooked and cruelest parts of our sad story of slavery."
"Marriages were not legally recognized, if the people were slaves. Since slaves were property, they could not legally be husband and wife, or mother and child. Their marriage vows were different: not "Until Death, Do You Part," but "Until Death or Distance, Do You Part." Marriages among slaves were not legally recognized."
"You know, just like marriages today in California are not legally recognized, if the people are gay."
Proposition 8 is doomed to be overturned by the courts, despite the $20 Million spent by the Mormons and the other millions by Evangelical groups.
It will be overturned because the LGBT community will work harder to reach minority communities.
It will be overturned because ultimately love is stronger than hate and prejudice.
And, as Olbermann says, ultimately, this is a question of love and a matter of the heart.