Friday, August 6, 2010

What do Teens think of Prop 8 being overturned?

LA Youth is a newspaper by and about Teens. When this week's news broke about the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 being overturned in Federal Court, they turned to some of their 80+ teen staff members for their opinions. The result is the article, "What Teens Think About Prop 8 Being Struck Down."

"Well so much for democracy. ...The opinion of 7 million voters is ignored because one person said so."
--Lubina, 17

"Even if people don’t like gays, they should at least let them live happily with the same basic rights as everyone else. I hope that gay marriage is allowed throughout the country."
--Sunitha, 18

"If we are to change the definition of marriage—like this decision has done—I believe we have to consider all the effects and ignore the zealous drive for engineered equality that many are using to justify supporting this ruling."
--Esteban, 17

"I should be thrilled by the judge’s ruling, but my reaction to it was pretty subdued. No matter what decision was made, there’s no way everyone can be satisfied. Even though gay marriage isn’t illegal, it isn’t officially legal yet, and probably won’t be for a long time, so I’m not going to get excited about it just yet."
--Feather, 15

"I think this is great. This is what should have been done a while ago...Gays pay taxes and work just as hard as any other American so they should be given the rights all of us have."
--Stanton, 17

From cynical fatalism, to religious objection; from frustration with the system, to enthusiastic support of same-sex marriage, it is fascinating reading.

Check it (and the rest of the LA Youth publication) out!

And if you want YOUR voice heard (if you're a Teen or not), go ahead and leave a comment here with your opinion on the ruling! (You don't have to agree with me, but you do have to be polite.)



HelenL said...

Thanks for posting this! I had to say I was a bit surprised about the diversity of teens' opinions on this issue. Living in Seattle, I mainly come into contact with fairly liberal teens, so it was interesting (but discouraging) to see the other side represented.

MIke Fricano said...

As one of the L.A. Youth eds, let me just say thanks for reading and blogging about this, Lee.