Today was a major achievement for all my gay and lesbian friends. DOMA was repealed. Prop 8’s Appeal was thrown out. California can now re-allow gay marriage. I can’t believe how incredibly happy I am for all of them.
I also know a number of people who will be anything but happy for the political events of day. They truly believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that’s that. So as much as I don’t want my blog to become political, here is my little rant on the subject of gay marriage:
Love is love. There is no reason that the gender of the person who you have fallen in love with should affect your legal rights and benefits. On top of that, just because two other individuals are allowed to have a same sex marriage, (here’s the shocker now) it does not mean you have to get one! It has no effect on anyone else but the parties involved. Same goes for men making decisions on women’s rights. Or Dr. King and the civil rights movement- there was never any harm done to whites by allowing black children to go to the same school.
The issue of gay marriage is the civil rights movement of our generation. Do you want to look back in 50 years and say that you helped support it? Or would you rather look back and say you were firmly against it?
My stance, is that this is America. We are a country built on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Until this morning, same-sex couples were being robbed of two of those principals: liberty AND the pursuit of happiness. How can you be happy when your significant other does not receive the benefits and protection that they would if they were of another gender? It’s absurd.
I don’t care who you are, who you love, or what your outlook on life is. But if you are an American citizen, regardless of any of the aforementioned things, you should be treated equally as your fellow citizens. It’s as simple as that.
Equality. That’s all I ask. <3 =.