PETA is all UP in Samantha Ronson’s junk after she posted an entry on her blog yesterday comparing Proposition 2 and 8. On Sam’s blog, she writes:
“i guess people care more about farm animals than they do their fellow man, that’s really sad to me.
yes, i am glad that the chickens will have more room and better conditions as they wait to die, but i just think it’s frightening that people show more compassion for tomorrow’s dinner than for the chef.
yup, miss piggy and chicken little may rest easy, but gay people in florida and california can no longer get married and gay couples in arkansas can’t adopt children. g-d forbid a loving family (regardless of sexual orientation) give a needy child a home! there aren’t children out there in dire need of love and shelter, no this country is thriving and no child is in need.
oh well, i guess one out of four ain’t bad!”
In response, PETA wrote a letter to Ronson saying: “Abusing animals is always wrong, and discriminating against gays is always wrong. We’ll continue to fight against the ban on gay marriage, and we hope that we can have your support in our efforts to eliminate cruelty to animals.”
Okay, let’s hash this out Ecorazzi style.
Here’s the thing: while it’s unfortunate that Prop 8 was passed and that a group of people will be denied rights based on their sexual preference, I don’t really see how it’s valid to compare and contrast Prop 2 and 8. Proposition 2 grants animals who are tortured in the most brutal ways a smidgen of relief, while Proposition 8 takes away the right for gay and lesbians to get married. Using the argument that “people care more about farm animals than they do about their fellow man,” seems lazy and backwards to me. Compassion and understanding is infinite, not case specific. Furthermore, as an oppressed people I would hope that the gay and lesbian community would support the liberation of other oppressed beings.
How do you feel about comparing Prop 2 and 8? Can specific parallels be drawn between the two enough to warrant a valid argument? Chime in and share your thoughts!