I am ashamed of my state today. This amendment has to do with much more than just deciding “what marriage is” – it’s about protecting the rights of individuals and providing them with something that should be an inherent right: safety. This amendment will limit domestic partnership protection, which means an abusive significant other may not face charges for his or her crimes, and existing charges may even be dropped, which is what happened in Ohio once a similar law passed in 2005. Everyone deserves to be protected, whether they are married or not.
Social change takes time, yes, but it is still disheartening to see that we are not at that point yet.