From the: crackdown on Gay bars in the late 60’s; the rise of Harvey Milk in the 70’s, the Gay-Rights “White Night Riots” of the late 70’s; AIDS epidemic of the 80’s; “popularization” of gay culture in the 90’s; lynching of Matthew Shepard in ’98; the acceptance of non-heterosexuality of the early 2000’s; to the repeal of Prop 8 and last night; the Rights of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, and Curious have come a long way since an era of silence.
Last night, the New York legislature passed a bill by a 4 person majority that Same-Sex Marriage be legal in the state. Promptly, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law for the state. A huge victory for the state of New York.
But it should not stop there.
Two things need to happen from here.
- The US Congress needs to author and pass a bill that defines marriage as persons (of legal marrying age) no matter the sex may marry.
- The US Supreme Court needs to make a decision on a hearing that clearly defines that the rights of a person to marry someone of the same sex needs to be upheld as a clearly defined inalienably right of liberty.
The gay marriage issue has split our communities. And I’m sure the legitimate concerns of those opposed can be seen on the far end of the spectrum with those for gay marriage. But, that is the same going the other way. Public schools won’t start teaching kids how to have gay sex – yet I’m sure “supergay” advocate parents might. Just the same as “superstraight” advocate parents might teach their kids how to foster hate toward “the gays.”
As a society we have not moved on enough to accept that there will always be someone different than us. We must embrace them, if you cannot embrace them, learn to respect them. And if that is too hard, look inward because the problem is not them.
I like to take the Bible in the same context I take the Constitution of the United States, as a living document. All the arguments for hell-worthy sins are doctorates of man. All the text was chosen and elected to be in the Bible, who knows how much was never put in the book. But the 10 “God the Father” commandments and 1 “God the Son” commandment are timeless, like the Bill of Rights. It seems that for a gay marriage support, quoting the Bible may be “wrong,” but it was clearly state.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” – John 13:34