I was reading the SF Chronicle this morning and I always read the Letters to the Editor. Here is a good one:
Editor -Shouldn’t our state Constitution only be amended to protect or provide a benefit to citizens? I don’t understand how preventing marriage based on sex protects or benefits anyone. My marriage to my husband is in no way threatened or diminished if two people of the same sex get married. My civil rights are not lessened, my commitment isn’t lessened. If anything, the state of California and taxpayers benefit by allowing people who are already in an established relationship, and who might be raising children, to marry. How? By providing social stability and by reducing lawsuits that same sex couples have to file because the current civil marriage laws that provide state and federal benefits don’t apply to them.
HOLLY HADLOCK Mill Valley
Holly–you are my hero for the day. Thanks for such a nice letter.
And this is good news too:
(Chicago, Illinois) Beau Underwood is putting his faith in politics. He’s a 22-year-old at the University of Chicago Divinity School, an active member of the Disciples of Christ and – in his spare time – he’s showing candidates that the path to political righteousness doesn’t always veer right.
Underwood and a growing number of other young, left-leaning believers are entering the political arena as campaign aides, lobbyists, grass-root activists and engaged voters. They are trying to expand the focus of faith-based politics beyond the religious right’s hot-button issues of abortion and gay marriage. And they are placing social justice issues, like poverty and war, at the intersection of their moral and political decision making.
But this election year the tide may be turning. Liberal, religious voters are making their voices heard. And the youngest voices are often the loudest, as a new generation of believers begins to reshape the public discourse on faith in America.
"In three decades I’ve never seen this sort of student-youth involvement," said Jim Wallis, author of the best-seller "The Great Awakening." "I do think there’s a major shift under way."
The shift of young faith-based voters both dramatic and complex. "They’re leaving the Republican Party in droves, but they’re not automatically Democrats," Wallis said. "They’re not going to jump in the pocket of the Democratic Party the way they did with the Republican Party."
A study in February by the Barna Group, a firm specializing in researching data on religion and society, shows the dynamism of this upheaval. It found 40 percent of likely born-again voters planned to vote Democratic this year, compared with 29 percent who planned to vote Republican. And, perhaps most surprising, large percentages of born-again and evangelical voters remain undecided compared with previous election years.
As I said yesterday, things are changing in this country. But maybe they are changing faster than I realized! I think sometimes I am too focused on the doom and gloom of some of these anti-gay activists that I miss some of the good things that are happening.