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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In Defense of Gay Marriage

We live in a day and age when rational thought, emotional intelligence, and good ol' fashion common sense are in rare supply. Our opportunistic and vapid conservative politicians have been actively pushing an anti-gay agenda for a long time now. Each argument for the so-called sanctity of marriage is as inarticulate, careless and stupid as the next. It's amazing to think that in the year 2011 we have to fight for the civil rights of a group of American citizens. Those use religion and phoney social politics to hide their bigotry are a danger to our democracy-- they always have been. The LGBT community is constantly fighting battles JUST to BE. Like with the African American community, these people want nothing but to live their lives. What some would call "special treatment", other would call a Monday, or a wedding, or ANYTHING that's just NORMAL. It's only "special treatment" when the bigots don't get their way.

It is more and more important for Allies and Advocates to step forward to educate, and ultimate to eliminate ignorance around this issue. Take for example Mr. Zach Whals, a 19-year old student from the  University of Iowa. Here he speaks eloquently about his life being raised by two women; his mother, impregnated through artificial insemination, and her partner. The following was taped at a hearing to debate House Joint Resolution 6, which would end civil unions in Iowa:

Despite the effort, the constitution in Iowa was amended to ban same-sex marriage.

Now, I know this video and these events occurred early in the year, but everything that this young man said STILL applies. How is it that we allow bigotry to slant legislation-- in the 21st Century?! Why do we continue to elect religious clowns, bigots, and weak-minded people into public office?

We all need to be more involved in our government. And by "we all" I mean the silent majority of educated, well-rounded people who are choosing to just hide away from the loons instead of beating them into the ground. It is SO EASY to destroy the ignorant-- we just have to motivate ourselves to do so, and do so more often!