February 12, 2012

Gay Rights: The Simplest Problem Of Our Era

   Let me say that I resent speaking about gay rights at any moment in time unless in the presence of those who oppose them, because it seems to me that this is the most basic problem of our era. We have what we can perceive to be much more complicated problems such as whether or not to intervene overseas (see Syria & Libya for example), how to handle our economy, etc. but gay rights hold no such complications. It amazes me the level of hypocrisy that we, as the United States of America can stoop to. Does the pledge not end "with liberty & justice for all"? I was unaware that we were supposed to tack "except gays" onto the end of that. A common saying is that if you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married! I'm not saying people have to agree with or even understand gay marriage (though one might not see what's to be misunderstood). I'm saying why actively fight against people who are doing nothing to harm you nor society? They're merely asking for the equality that America so fervently claims to provide.

    One thing that confuses me is the lack of argument for those who oppose gay rights. The only arguments that I've managed to find against gay rights is from a religious perspective which holds absolutely no merit. Your personal religious beliefs do not give you the right to dictate the life of other people. If a woman can't marry another woman because your bible says so then does that mean I can force you to bow down & worship Allah or the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Obviously not. If these people were even talking to people within their church who hold their belief then it would make more sense to me, but running about waving your beliefs in other people's face to rob them of their rights is absolute foolery. The anti-gay rhetoric goes beyond just marriage.. see same-sex adoption and even basic respect and acceptance. If anyone has a legitimate, secular reason against gay marriage or other rights, please comment & I'd be glad to review it. Otherwise, I'll take the stance of those opposing gay rights, more properly identified as civil/human rights, as militant religionists vs gays.

   I have to say it's pretty shameful to think that this is where we are in society today. People thought that by the year 2000 we'd have flying cars and robots cooking our meals for us, but instead we're discussing what John does with his little Johnny. We see that we as Americans have no problem stating that you're allowed your freedom - as long as you don't exercise it. Atheists see a similar oppression (generally) as well as those political junkies branded as "conspiracy theorists". Sometimes we have to realize that we're all in the same boat & cut the bullshit. Jimmy doesn't deserve any less rights than Janet just because his partner is gay. If you don't like gay marriage, don't get gay married. Simple. Hopefully 20 years from now we look back upon this discrimination and unfair treatment with the same shameful eye as we do racism today.

The below song shows us that beneath even the basic rights we refuse to grant homosexuals, we sometimes fail to remember how much we affect (some of) them psychologically and socially. Hatred and bigotry isn't cool.

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