Jan 12, 2009

Taking A Stand

Ok, let me say from the start that I know this is going to offend some people. I hope they'll forgive me for disagreeing with them and, for what it's worth, I forgive them for disagreeing with me. It is, however, my blog and, honestly, I'm at a point in my life where I think I need to move from thoughts to words. Maybe, in another 41.5 years, I'll actually get from words to actions.

These pictures moved me to tears:

I grew up in a conservative household in a very conservative area. I'm Christian. I'm straight. None of which changes how brutally unfair it is that the decades-long partnerships of some of my friends can't be truly recognized by the law.

Equal doesn't have exceptions, else it would not be equal.

There are some that will say I can't be Christian and support "gay marriage". Well, there are those that dismissed Christ as being unGodly because he consorted with tax collectors and prostitutes and, heaven forfend!, treated women as people. The new testament God, through Christ, is about inclusiveness - God is love. We are of God, we are of love. And those that love should be allowed to marry and stay married.

No marriage threatens another simply by its existence. The only thing that threatens a marriage is its own partners (and, for some, unequal treatment under the law).

If you want my honest opinion, which if you've read this far, you're probably sickly fascinated by my drivel, I think civil union and religious marriage are two separate things. I happen to have both - a civil union sealed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a religious commitment sealed by the Diocese of Springfield.

Don't we have enough undercommitted couples in the US? Do we really need to force some to remain undercommitted by law?

Just my humble opinion, of course.

P.S. Want to sign the pledge to repeal CA Prop 8? I did. Here's a link for that.

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Blogger Jade said...

I agree with you - but then you probably already knew that. *grin*

And if anyone says you can't be Christian and Gay, direct them to Andy's blog - The Last Debate.

2:51 AM  
Blogger LauraJ said...

Everyone just needs to move to Canada where a person can love whom they want and it IS legal marry them too!

8:50 AM  
Blogger smileymamaT said...

I agree with you 100% and have always felt this way. In college I was part of a diversity group - our little crew was from all over the world. We all made posters and encouraged understanding and acceptance and put them up the little town at the top of Maine, even invited townspeople to lunces, etc, on behalf of the diversity of all colors, races, religions, sexual orientations, just in general for people to keep open (and hopefully welcoming) minds and hearts.
Those pictures on Flickr are crying out, I hope they are seen by thousands more people. It's not fair, it's not right to force a separation - we need all the love and commitment we already have. Ok I'm done. :)

8:02 AM  

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