Love Won

I am not a person who likes to comment on politics. I think that making commentary on social issues is a slippery slope that unfortunately often leads to an argument, but I implore you to read this article in its entirety before making any comments or imposing opinions.

Yesterday, the American Supreme Court dictated that all marriage was to be made equal across the board.

ABOUT F*CKING TIME AMERICA.

Was it not written, more than two centuries ago, in one of the founding principles of our nation (The Declaration of Independence) that we were to become a union based on the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

And now, I know that’s taking it way back, and plenty of arguments can be made about how the Declaration of Independence is racist and sexist (unfortunately, issues which still need to be addressed in today’s society) but I would like to focus solely on the words used. Look at the foundation. It was always meant that as a nation of people, we should be afforded the right to pursue happiness. If that happiness is two men, two women, or a man and a woman, falling in love and joining together in marriage, how dare we try to stop that?

Saying that gay marriage defiles the sanctity of a marriage between a man and a woman is like saying that having a second child mars the love that parents have for their first child. It’s ridiculous, untrue and the two events have no correlation.

My question to married heterosexuals: What is so threatening about gay marriage? Is Tom marrying Harry or Jackie marrying Jill such an inconvenience to you? What makes it any of your business? You aren’t asked to provide evidence for what occurs behind closed doors in your house, nor are they. What is so hard about loving and letting others love who they want?

Try thinking like this: What if you had to fight for decades to have the person that you love be allowed to enter a hospital room with you in case of an emergency? What if, unfortunately, something terrible were to occur to your life partner and you could not receive any support or benefits upon their demise? What would you do? Why should anyone be denied these seemingly simple and basic comforts strictly because their gender in relation to their partner’s?

Quite frankly, when it comes down to religion; there is never going to be an answer because arguments can be made in every direction. That’s the point of so many religions being based on one book. There are different interpretations, none more right than the next.

But as a nation, how are we expected to advance without respect? Just because a person does not share the same values, religion or set of moral indoctrination as you, it doesn’t make them wrong. It makes them different and to not respect differences is to do a disservice to not only yourself but to the people around you. You may not agree with decisions made by others, but what right does that give you to be discourteous?

People in the LGBTQA community have fought tirelessly for this victory of marriage equality, building their case, not by tearing down heterosexual marriage, but by choosing to embrace what all marriages should have in common; (gay or straight) which is love. Yesterday was a great day. Yesterday, love won.

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