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Prop. 8 limits teenager's expression

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As a 15-year-old adolescent, I can honestly say that we the teenage population are born to rebel. We want to speak up and have our voices heard. We want to rebel against the rules and be different than the rest. For better or for worse, we are a society of punks who want to challenge the norms and fight against anything that oppresses our freedoms, even if that means rebelling against mom and dad or any form of authority. Even I, who consider myself an obedient daughter who doesn’t care for fighting against my parents do mouth off now and then and challenge authority at times. I don’t want to be told what to do, what to think, what to believe. I want to come to these conclusions by my own reasoning. It just so happens that I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that it should be defined so. And if Proposition 8 doesn’t pass, then my rights to express my opinions and say whatever I want will be denied. Under California law at this moment, homosexual unions are considered marriage and will be taught in schools as such. This entails a silencing of opinion from anyone who thinks differently. To disagree with homosexual unions would be considered “bigotry”; to think of marriage as comprised of a man and a woman would be discrimination. Even in an academic setting of all places, where a difference of opinions should be valued and promoted, any student who disagrees with homosexuality would inevitably be marked down as a bigot for simply having his own opinion. I don’t want the government to tell me what I should believe or accept. I refuse to accept a big brother government who will not allow me my rights to free speech as an American citizen. If I could vote, I would vote Yes on Proposition 8. Paola Vergara Antelope