”…and I can’t change. Even if I tried; even if I wanted to.” – Same Love, Macklemore
I don’t believe I’ve yet commented on my stance on homosexuality, but in light of the recent DOMA decision I wanted to tell you a little bit about it. As I’m sure you could guess, I am all for Equal Rights. ❤ Many of my best friends are gay/lesbian/bisexual, and the idea that they should be treated any differently than myself because of who they love is absolutely insane.
I think many people who oppose Equal Rights for LGBTQ people have this common idea that homosexuality is somehow unnatural, and they therefore see themselves as opposing mostly a sexual activity – something like prostitution or multiple-partner sex (that’s why they always bring those up in their slippery-slope arguments).
What they, unfortunately, don’t really see is all of the loving, committed, beautiful relationships that are not any different from their own committed relationships. As a result, of course, what they also don’t see is that what we’re fighting for is the right to love whomever you please, not just to have some recreational sex… though I don’t know who in their right mind would be opposed to that either. (;
Relationships between LGBTQ folk are every bit as – if not often more – loving as any heterosexual relationships I’ve ever seen. If you are reading this and are a heterosexual who is opposed to equal rights, I’d like to ask you if you are in love. If not currently, have you ever been? Think about how it feels to love somebody with all of your heart, to be so in love with them that it hurts.
Now, think about how you’d feel if society looked down on you for that. Imagine how it would feel if society shamed you for that, laughed at you for that and told you that you needed to “hide that or get out.”
Not a very good feeling, is it? Kinda 1984-Winston-and-Julia-ish, isn’t it?
Being gay is completely natural. It is not something you can just change about yourself – at least, not without living a lie. To deny people anything at all based solely on the gender of people they find themselves attracted to, is no different than denying people rights based solely on the color of their skin. It makes no sense. Unless someone is getting hurt, the government really has no place in telling people what they can and cannot do… It’s this little thing that we used to call Freedom.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!