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No, You Cannot MAG

November 6, 2008
By Kayla Bruner, Cypress, CA

It is a new nation,
a nation that proudly proclaims:
“Yes we can.”
But what power holds “yes we can,”
when America has told many of our
brothers and sisters
“no, you cannot”?
You cannot follow your heart.
You cannot move forward.
You cannot take a hand.
You cannot break the mold.
“Marriage is a holy bond
for a man and a woman
it is not yours to taint,” they say.
Where is the future?
Relentlessly we must
keep striving for a better day.
We must stop this hatred
and bring about change in the
wake of defeat.


The author's comments:
This piece was written after Prop 8 was passed in California, a national tragedy at the state level.

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on Jun. 2 2010 at 7:32 pm
BeYOUtiful_13 BRONZE, Tinley Park, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
~Marilyn Monroe

that was really good

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on Jun. 2 2010 at 1:44 pm
Thrush BRONZE, Tegaad, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Live life to it's fullest extent, it's the only life you've got" "Enjoy yourself, be yourself, love yourself"

This is good. I like the emotion of contradition if you know what I mean. I like the positive message too.

on Jun. 2 2010 at 1:18 pm
u are totally right! yes you can you can do anything. ur deep gurl... keep writing ur poetry

on Jun. 2 2010 at 12:51 pm
monkeygirl14 SILVER, Auburn, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
Love can't be searched for,
Love can't be paid for,
Love is hard to find,
but once you find love,
you will want to leave everything else behind,
Come find me, the love of my life!

I support as well. very well written. I loved this.

on Jun. 2 2010 at 11:18 am
MisplacedTexan14, Saratoga, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."- a Bumper Sticker
"If Obama was the answer, it was a stupid question." - Another Bumper sticker

Umm, I'm not too scared, I just think that would be really really weird. I'm Christian and I beleive it is wrong. I think gay people can do what ever they want together, they just can't change the definition of marriage. Also, I've never really had the urge to marry someone from the same gender, and its not just what society tells me. Society tells me that deporting ILLEGAL immirants is wrong, but I don't listen to them. i have my own beliefs, and no matter how wacked out society gets, hopefully my family will stay conservative. Even though I'm in California, I am from Texas and most people there are conservative christians. hence the name Bible Belt

on Jun. 2 2010 at 12:44 am
Sir-William BRONZE, 111111, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist." - Sigmund Freud

MT14, who defines 'marriage' as you perceive it to be between a man and a woman? Some group of males who wrote a book hundreds of years ago? You may claim that it comes from God, but humanity has always distorted 'God' and His messages for their own purposes. Need I mention the Crusades? The destruction of the Huguenots? The 30 Years War? you CAN marry someone of the same gender, you have just been taught not to, or are too scared to do so.

 

Ellemarie, I suggest that you look at the world with your own eyes, and make your own decisions. Society has taught you to think of marriage as a one-on-one heterosexual union, but it is only the commonly accepted definition.


on Jun. 1 2010 at 10:13 am
MisplacedTexan14, Saratoga, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."- a Bumper Sticker
"If Obama was the answer, it was a stupid question." - Another Bumper sticker

1. No, I don't think God changes. He has his rules and we should live by them.

2.  Every other country has borders, why can't America. If "illegals" want to become legal, they need to come in the right way, not show disregard for our laws by breaking one the moment they come in.

3. Tell me how we discriminate against hispanics. And, since we are fighting a war aginst people who are mostly muslim, isn't it reasonable to suspect them over a chinese person or something? I don't agree with racial profiling, but i understand we are in a war, and if we do everything we can so we don't offend anyone, bad things will happen. The Fort Hood shooter stayed in the Army because his superiors didn't want to offend muslims. Now people are dead.


on May. 25 2010 at 6:45 pm
treegirl93 BRONZE, San Antonio, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Be nice to trees- they'll become books someday.

As the world changes I believe that God changes with it. In the beginning of the New Testament God was a vengeful God but he change to the loving father we now associate with him. Jesus accepted everyone and never called anyone a sinner. Who are we to judge? Our culture not only discriminates against homosexuals. Right now we are acting like hypocrites by promising freedom to all but then calling people 'illegals' and discriminating against all hispanics or putting muslims on a no fly list. By discriminating a certain people we actually weaken our country. Our country has such beautiful morals in theory. We just have to put them into practice.

on May. 22 2010 at 10:27 pm
MisplacedTexan14, Saratoga, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."- a Bumper Sticker
"If Obama was the answer, it was a stupid question." - Another Bumper sticker

But God created marriage, so man should not be allowed to change it. And why should we change our mindset?

on May. 22 2010 at 10:26 am
ellyncannon PLATINUM, Mexia, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
<3

@always-sunshine:

God didn't put the thought of being gay in people's head. That was the devil. Why would God say that marrige is a holy bond between a man and a woman and then put the thought of being gay in someone's mind? It doesn't make any sense. Ever since Lucifer left heaven he's been screwing with our minds. Even now, he's putting that thought in people's mind. So, I'm not sorry, I believe you're wrong.


on May. 16 2010 at 4:49 pm
MisplacedTexan14, Saratoga, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you can't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them."- a Bumper Sticker
"If Obama was the answer, it was a stupid question." - Another Bumper sticker

Thank you!!!

on May. 16 2010 at 12:55 pm
ellyncannon PLATINUM, Mexia, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
<3

no they shouldn't. marrige is between a man and a woman. and thats what i believe. you can believe what you like, but don't try to change my mind. and i wont try to change yours. end of story. case closed.

on May. 16 2010 at 12:53 pm
ellyncannon PLATINUM, Mexia, Texas
29 articles 0 photos 204 comments

Favorite Quote:
That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
<3

I must agree with  misplaced texan. Just becase God forgives us of our sins doesn't mean you should deliberately do something wrong and say, "whoops, sorry God, I'll try harder tomorrow!" and then go do it again. so, no, it's not kinda ok!!!

on May. 12 2010 at 8:28 am
kissingdarkness SILVER, Mill Creek, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
lets see............ be yourself

thank you thats what i was saying  

on May. 11 2010 at 9:02 pm
XxFALLEN.ANGELxX BRONZE, Heber, Arizona
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wow, that's amazing

on May. 11 2010 at 8:14 pm

This poem is very well written, I'll give you that, but the people have voted. Men cannot marry men and women cannot marry women. I am Christian as well and I wish you all would realize how wrong the very concept is. God created man and woman, so it should stay.

I in no way have a problem with gay people, only with their beleifs.


wordless said...
on May. 11 2010 at 6:52 pm
this was fantastic i felt the emotion i was going to rate it but  poetry is something from inside you and it is not something to be rated

on May. 11 2010 at 6:26 pm
MUSICisLIFE1429, Munster, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
Practice doesnt make perfect. Perfect practice make perfect.

Although i am not gay, it pains me to hear more news that gay marraige will not be approved because i have several gay, lesbian, and bisexual friends. They are fantastic, amazing people. It makes me so mad when i hear that gays are an embarrasement, because i think of my friends that they're bashing. They deserve every right as a straight person. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece with everyone.

on May. 11 2010 at 6:24 pm
Tashaactress101 SILVER, Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
Live Life LOUD!!!

This is wickedd goood:)

Jenny21 SILVER said...
on May. 11 2010 at 6:01 pm
Jenny21 SILVER, Pocatello, Idaho
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Favorite Quote:
The people who mind don\'t matter, the people who matter don\'t mind.

if a guy loves a guy or a girl loves a girl they should be allowed to marry


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