Way to go California!!

California did a great thing yesterday by allowing gay marriage. I’ve always argued with people about gay marriage. They seem to think that if I’m for it, I must be a lesbian. No. I am simply a straight person that supports gay rights, including the right to marry. America is known as the “Land of the Free”, but it should also be the “Land of Hypocricy”. Please don’t get me wrong. I am very proud to be an American, but there are times when I am disappointed with my government for the way that they, of all people, treat certain Americans for simply being the persons that they were born to be.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. (Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776)

It’s funny how over 232 years, the American people have different opinions about what that line from the Declaration of Independence actually means. If this line is to be considered true to this day, then the American people need to wake up, open their eyes and realize that by banning same-sex marriage, the American government is refusing some people’s rights to life, liberty and their pursuit of happiness. I have a number of gay friends and as a woman, if I’m allowed to marry the man I choose to spend the rest of my life with, then my friends should have the right to marry the person of their choice despite their sexual orientation.

“Gay and lesbian people have families, and their families should have legal protection, whether by marriage or civil union. A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages. People are free in our nation to pursue relationships as they choose. To redefine marriage, however, to suit the preference of those choosing alternative lifestyles is wrong.” Coretta Scott King

Certain politicians have stated that they are against same-sex marriages because they believe that it is morally wrong. According to whose morals? Yours? Your religious beliefs? One hundred percent of the American people? I can understand if they are your moral beliefs, but what gives you the right to say that because you think it is morally wrong, it becomes okay to discriminate against certain people. Allowing a Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage is blatant discrimination that, unfortunatly, the American government and a lot of its people are incapable of realizing. If the government will not allow a business owner to refuse employment to someone based on that person’s sexual orientation, then why is it alright for the government to deny the right to marry based on a person’s sexual orientation? You cannot call America the “Land of the Free” if everyone is NOT entitled to the same rights. 

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

You also shouldn’t judge a person by what they choose to do behind closed doors. I don’t want to know what two consenting adults do privately, nor should the public or government.

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