A Day in History

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I don’t know what side of the line you stand on when it comes to gay marriage.  I stand on side that supports love, acceptance and respect.
We are a liberal family. 
We have gay friends. 
We try very hard to respect those who are different from us, simply because the golden rule of: treat others the way you would like to be treated, never gets old.  You’re never too old to be kind to a stranger or a friend.

Last week, the Minnesota House of Representatives voted and passed a bill that would make Minnesota the 12th state in the country to allow gay marriage – civil marriage.  That tiny “civil” word still allows for religious communities to decide if they would like to perform such ceremonies.  Guess what – everyone should have to go through couples counseling before they walk that aisle, regardless of their genitals, but I digress.  Today, the Senate is set to vote.  If it passes there, the bill will hit our governor’s desk and he has promised to sign the bill into law.  It’s all really exciting.  I think this must have been what it was like for my parents to watch Civil Rights.  The word of the people is heard – just like our government was designed to do.

I respect that not everyone agrees with gay marriage.
I respect your right to have your own beliefs.
Religion is a choice. 
Government is not; it is owned by everyone who is a citizen and needs to be run without a religious veil.

I will not tolerate in any way is certain rules for some and not others based on something like sexuality.
It is absolutely absurd to think that because gay marriage is around, that traditional marriage will be threatened. 
Your marriage is yours.  Worry about it within the folds of you and your partner.

It’s equally absurd to think that recognizing gay marriage will in fact, make you gay, or your kids gay, or your dog gay.
I think it’s safe to say that gays are not out to “recruit” members.  Sadly, there are some straight people out there who don’t recognize that boundary – another double standard that is ridiculous.  Don’t change me – but I’m sure going to try to beat it out of you!

There is a chance that today, when the Senate votes, the “nos” will have it, and the bill will stop.  Government is the voice of the people, and I would have to respect that the voices were heard; even if it wasn’t the result I was hoping for.  I don’t believe that will happen.  I believe that good things will happen today, and am excited to have my kids only know that EVERYONE is equal, not just a certain percentage of the population.

What are your thoughts?  I'd love to have a healthy discussion - but let's all follow the golden rule of respect m'kay?

updated 8 PM Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tonight, at 5 PM, our governor signed the bill making same-sex marriage legal.  Unions can begin on August 1st.  Super awesome!

I did want to share the other side of the coin, as voiced by a good friend of mine, whom I respect very much.  Her religious beliefs align with the thought that homosexuality is a sin.  I can respect her thoughts, and can openly admit to it once she explained her thoughts and feelings to me in this way:

All men and women are sinners.  What their sins are may very, but the simple fact remains that sin exists.  While she feels that homosexuality is a sin, she cannot compare that sin as being "worse" than her own.  The judgement is not hers to pass - she can only be concerned with her own relationship with God.

I am a firm believer in respect and choice.
If you choose to believe something, it is yours to own, not for you to choose for others.

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Dawn said...

I 100% support equality!! Let's do this Minnesota!!

sunshineandsometea.com said...

Just wanted to say that I love and support every word of this post! :)

jess said...

So excited for today! wooohoo for equality!

Meg Hodson said...

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