Why do you hate me? I see the signs all over. Your “vote for the marriage amendment” banners everywhere reminding me of your hate, and that you don’t want me as your neighbor or your friend.
Why? I am a just regular person, imperfect and vulnerable, just like you.
Don’t you know that I am the kind hospice nurse that took care of your mother when she was dying? I am the cardiac nurse that relieved your pain when you had your heart attack. I am your neighbor that fed your dog when you were out of town. I am the nice lady that helped your son find you when he got lost at the mall. I am your waitress that made you laugh. I am your real-estate agent that helped you find that house you love. I gave you blood when you needed it to save your life. I helped you find your way when you got lost in an unfamiliar place. I helped your father put on his glasses and eat his dinner tonight at the nursing home.
Why do you hate me? Because I am gay, lesbian, trans-gendered? Does that which I cannot help or change undo all of the above? Why shouldn't I have the same right that you do, to commit to a partner and loved one for life — no matter what it is called. I have been with my partner for almost a decade. What about you? Why do you hate?
— Rhiannon Vaughan