27.3.13

Day #252.1: I support equality.

If you have been on social media outlets the past few days, you probably have seen profile pictures being changed to a red box with a pink equal sign in the middle, symbolizing support for equality in America. 

This is stemming from the Supreme Court (aka SCOTUS) opening the floor on whether or not the federal government will recognize gay marriage. 

Since this is my blog and this could be (potentially) history in the making, I am making my opinion known. First, you should know a couple of things about me:

1. I am a humanist ("Humanism is a group of philosophies and ethical perspectives which emphasize the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers individual thought and evidence (rationalismempiricism), over established doctrine or faith (fideism)"- Wikipedia (click here)") So, yes, I guess you could also say I'm an atheist.
2. I walk the line closer to conservative, however I don't agree with the standard conservative views on stem cell research, abortion or gay marriage.  (Yes, not ALL conservatives are Christians). I'm a fairly liberal conservative...does that make sense?
3. I believe that anyone should be allowed to get married. 

If this offends you in any way, I guess you should leave now. I am not trying to "convert" you to believe what I believe, I whole-heartedly respect your opinions, I just politely agree to disagree.

I believe that everyone in America, no matter your religion, your race, your sexual orientation, should have the same rights. No more, no less. We should all be EQUAL.

I also don't agree that the fact that gay marriage isn't recognized in America, falls on the shoulders of the right wing conservatives. Let's not forget:

In 1992, President Clinton campaigned that he would fight that anyone should be allowed to serve in the military, including gay people. This leads us to 1993, when "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was enacted as a policy. So, the policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or or bisexual persons from military service.

Also, 1996 President Clinton signed into law the "Defensive Marriage Act", that restricts federal benefits and inter-state recognition to only opposite-sex marriages in the United States. Under the law, no state legislature is required to recognize a same-sex marriage from another state.

By the way, President Clinton was a democrat.

It's both parties people, this shouldn't fall on one or the other. We need to learn to love one another and let everyone live their life, no matter what.




I hope Americans can simply choose to get along...and let everyone live their lives equally.
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7 comments:

  1. Exactly. Rights should never be a political talking point, regardless of party.

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  2. Amen! Well said, Chelsea! I posted about the same topic yesterday. Glad to see so many bloggers speaking out for marriage equality!


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  3. I am also a supporter of equal rights, not gay rights or straight rights, equal rights. Anytime a group of people are singled out either by their own actions or by the actions of others, they form a kind of tribalization. This leads to horrific consequences. We are all humans and deserve the same rights as any other human whether you are gay or straight, male or female, this religion or that religion, this race or that race. A person should be judged only by how they treat other people and not by what race, gender, religion or sexual orientation the y are or from what country they are from. Too many people are far too good at pointing out differences, if they focussed on similarities they would be astonished to find that we are all not that very different. If people are not accepted for their differences it is bigotry plain and simple. The golden rule: Treat others how you would like to be treated. BTW the golden rule is not a Christian concept for those that like to hijack this principle. It was first recorded in the analects of Confucius and pre-dates Christianity by almost 400 years.

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  4. I LOVE THIS POST!!! ♥ thanks for being a supporter!

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  5. I support day marriage but I don't feel like we should be trampling all over the religious ideology of marriage in the process. I propose the government stop using the term "marriage" and all unions gay or straight be referred to as "civil unions". This would only be for government reasons if you still wanted to have a religious ceremony then it would be "marriage" for both gay and straight (lots of churches accept gay marriages).

    Note: I'm an atheist and I'm a republican. Its possible. I'm socially liberal but fiscally conservative.

    If we are trying to put down religion in the name of "equality" then its really no better then what's currently being denied to homosexual people. I often tell people to be open-minded but not so much that one's brain falls out.

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    1. Marriage isn't religious-- its civil. It goes way back to the ancient world as a way of legally assuring the children born in a union "belonged" to the father. No religion would be forced to marry gay couples if they don't agree with gay marriage.
      Equality means everyone being treated the same. I don't understand how that puts down religion.

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  6. Thank you for this post! Its is so frustrating to read blogs where people claim to love freedom and equality but then stipulate that it should only apply to people who believe/think/vote like them. It isn't a hard concept-- you either support freedom and equality or you don't!

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