Stand up for your rights. Come on!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!"
Lyrics form the song, "Get Up, Stand Up", by Bob Marley If you listen to the TV or radio talking heads, it would be easy to think that America is permanently in the grip of some major political issue. That there is always some great political division at stake and everyone just can wait to get to the polling stations and express their opinions. However, it is not exactly true. If you look at simple numbers of voter turnout, they are comparatively low. For instance at its peak, during American presidential election year it averaged between 50 and 60% of the eligible voting population in the last several decades (and it is the high point), whereas in German federal elections voter turnout averaged more than 80%. It almost seems polite not to get into a debate on political issues in personal conversations.
Of course, there is always an exception. Typically it is someone at one of the extremes of the political spectrum, who is upset about some political injustice and eager to talk about it. I have a coworker like that - a smart guy and a rare bird in American politics (he is a true liberal and a socialist). Recently we had another conversation about a subject that affects only a small portion of the population and at the same time appears quite inflamma...
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...divorce. California is a no fault state. You don't have to come up with a reason or explanation for a divorce. On the other hand, Roman Catholic Church, for instance, does not recognize divorce at all. We already use different interpretation. Let’s just take it to the logical end.
In conclusion, I also want to argue that to recognize desire of two people of the same sex to connect their lives is at its essence an American approach. Remember what the declaration of the independence says. People are created equal and given unalienable rights among which are Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. We have given gays and lesbians life and liberty (no more criminal persecution). Now is the last step - let them be free in pursuit happiness. So, when the time comes (and it will), put aside any indifference you might have and stand of the side of equal rights for everyone.
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