Mary Schmidt Amons

Mary regrets her comment at the gay marriage meeting.

on Oct 6, 2010

My apologies for the radio silence in writing my blog. These past few weeks I've been swamped with back to school nights, shuttling kids to practices, child sport spectating, packing lunches, flipping pancakes, carpool, Labels for Love event planning, press travel for RHDC between LA and NYC, and just trying to keep it together! No complaining here, but this fall the Amons Family schedule has been over the top crazy!

On that note, what else really needs to be said and written about the "Reason for the Sah-LIE Season?" I don't believe I can add much of anything to what every major news outlet in the world, beginning with our own beloved Washington Post, has covered with this tale of con. I am now just waiting and watching along with all of us and pondering to myself...will this week's final episode close the book once and for all on what I consider to be one of the largest culturally embarrassing events ever to occur in our Nation's history. I can only hope, pray, and watch with baited breath that justice will be served, security will be tightened, and the TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.  

On the top of my list of things to discuss from Episode 7 is the issue of gay marriage equality. My statement that because "I don't have any member of my family that is gay, so it doesn't really affect me" is probably the worst moment I have had this season -- and if you've been following my blog you know there have been more than a few. At the time, I had not educated myself on this issue and did not understand how it affected me. The right to marriage and equal treatment under the Law was something I took for granted. No More! My daughter Lolly has always been an advocate for LGBT rights, and has done a great job exposing myself and our family to the real human side of the struggle. Homosexuals are valuable participants in our global community and have the right to live their lives free from persecution and ridicule. What is good for them is good for me, and what is good for everyone is good for America! David Catania did an excellent job representing the position of the LGBT community on the issue and I learned a tremendous amount from our meeting with him. 

I understand where Stacie and Jason were coming from on a religious background and standpoint, but I firmly believe in the separation of Church and State and that everyone, regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation, should be able to enjoy basic human rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which is guaranteed to us as Americans by the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE! Thanks Lolly, and Thanks Bravo Editing Team for blurring the lines there between two of our Nation’s most important documents. Perhaps I will sit down in front of some School House Rock videos and brush up. Thank you Lolly for being brave enough to set an example along with our good friend Paul Wharton. Check out the www.bravotv.com site for the bonus clip about the passing of the Marriage bill and how we all celebrated this historic victory!