Amendment One. This issue has been weighing so heavily on my mind. I was having trouble figuring out why that is. I’m usually not involved in politics (I tend to avoid things that make me angry); I’m not gay; I’m not overly ‘religious.’ Heck, I’m not even a North Carolina resident. And yet, I have literally lost sleep thinking about this issue. Today, it finally hit me why it bothers me so much.
I love people.
Some might say I love people too much. I have a way of being slightly naïve in thinking that all people are good. Of course, we all make mistakes (we all ‘sin,’ if that’s how you see it), but we’re all human beings. We’re all living in this big ole world trying to figure it out as we go. We all have burdens to bear…some of us drink, some of us gamble, some of us lie, cheat, steal, think bad thoughts…etc. etc. etc. We’re all human. What some of us see as ‘bad’ might be different than what others see as ‘bad.’ Same goes for what we see as ‘good.’
But all that mumbo jumbo aside, here’s the fact. We live in AMERICA. Land of the FREE. As Abraham Lincoln put it, we are a “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The people. Notice how he didn’t say the white people. The male people. The rich people. The Christian people. The STRAIGHT people. Nope. The people. ALL people.
Nothing says it better, in my opinion, than a quote from Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural address: “Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” Yes, we live in a democracy. But like Thomas Jefferson said – the minority (which in this case, are homosexuals) MUST still possess their equal rights or it is considered oppression.
Really? Has America truly been reduced – again – to a land that oppresses certain people because they are ‘different?’ Come on now. Haven’t we evolved beyond this?
I really don’t care what your religious views are. That’s the beauty of the land that we live in. We are allowed to make choices and live our lives according to who we are and what we believe. Maybe you see marriage as a sacred institution between you, your spouse, and your creator. Wonderful! Maybe you’re an Atheist and yet you still chose to enter into a legally binding marriage contract that has nothing to do with a creator. Wonderful! Maybe you’re a black male and a white female and you want to join together in holy wedlock. Wonderful! No matter what – you are STILL allowed to get married because this country recognizes you as a citizen. You don’t have to meet any criteria. Welcome to matrimony. But wait? You’re gay. Uh oh. Nevermind. This doesn’t apply to you.
Come on, people. How much sense does this really make?
I don’t know who, if anyone, will actually read this. Maybe I’m just writing it for myself. I haven’t adequately conveyed what I’m trying to say, I’m sure. I just wanted to get this off of my chest and put it out there. What’s going to happen at the poles tomorrow will happen. What’s going to happen after that, will happen. Things will be what they will be. But each of us have an opinion and each of us have a right to voice it. This is my say.
In conclusion, I’d like to quote two people whose opinions I highly value.
“If your actions harm others, they’re wrong. That’s all there is to it. Any other determination of “wrong” is based on a subjective opinion and shouldn’t be a basis for determining laws in a free country.” – Me
“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” – Jesus
~ 05/07/12 ~
(I wrote this prior to the North Carolina vote for Amendment One. Unfortunately, this amendment was passed.)