Monday, November 17, 2008

Proposition 8

We don't discuss politics in kindergarten, especially touchy subjects like the recent ballot initiative in California, the anti same-sex marriage Proposition 8.

But after class the other day, one of the mothers told me that she and her kindergarten daughter saw some coverage of Prop 8 on television. Gay and lesbian couples must have appeared on the screen arguing against the same sex marriage ban.

"Can men marry men?" her daughter wanted to know.

"Yes." her mom answered. Her daughter pondered this new idea for a moment and then asked a follow-up question.

"Can women marry women?"

"Yes, women can marry women, too." came the reply. Again a moment's pause as her daughter considered her options.

"Well," she announced, "I'm going to marry a woman, and she can have the babies."

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