Jill, I'm not a last word haver, so this will be my final post: I don't hate you for your beliefs and I disagree with your beliefs AND - I have the right to do so. The votes have been tallied and the ugly comments that poured onto fb and twitter toward those of us who answered the question differently from you were very harsh and yes, judgmental. For all you know, I'm the friend that discusses this topic with you openly in person knowing that you wouldn't even befriend me if you knew how I voted. Discrimination goes both ways, ugliness goes both ways, but not all of us who disagree with you hate you- and we have the right to disagree with redefining marriage just like you disagree with not redefining the term. Only those who choose to argue must keep an argument alive. I prefer conversation and the power of the vote. (I see you like how I construct my sentences, hence your quotes of me) :) Here's to less arguing and blaming and more dialogue. I appreciate the discussion - TruthSpokenHere
@ Jill Hoffman: There will always be people intent on harming others and claiming a belief as the reason to do it. My message to Barry and those upset with the outcome of the vote is this: Our government was set up to be for the people, by the people - and all people will not agree with all issues, but when an issue is put before the people by vote, everyone has a say. My comment about being peaceful and non degrading is as a reminder that not everyone who disagrees with you hates you. Possibly a majority of us love you and just disagree with your stance on marriage...calling US deragotory names and telling US that we voted the wrong way is not the way to have your message received. Some of the people who show you genuine kindness voted against the amendment because we believe "marriage" is defined as between 1 man and 1 woman - hate was NOT a factor in my vote. We can't be governed by a few for a few. We must have the power of the vote - regardless of whether we embrace the outcome, come let us reason together.
Just because people disagree with your world view doesn't mean we're wrong. The vote was put before the people and the people of a democracy responded resoundingly. Would you rather have legislation by a few for a few or the opportunity to vote and declare your stance regardless of your position? Try peaceful and non degrading measures as you continue to stand for your beliefs. The power of one's right to vote cannot be silenced or ignored even when that vote does not line up with your thinking.
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