New York has legalized gay marriage. I say good for them but my real question is who are any of us or the government to even have a say in the matter? Love is love and quite frankly true love is a rare and wonderful thing so why should anyone have a right to pass judgement on someone because a person falls in love with someone of the same-sex? I do not believe that there is a great gay conspiracy to take over the nation and steal all the nation’s insurance and corrupt all the nations children into dressing snappy and hating their horribly square straight parents. Gay people are no different from the average American. They want a job, to be loved, to be healthy if possible, maybe watch some Hawaii Five-O or a football game or even an episode of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Oftentimes they have to deal with something none of us will ever have to endure and that is being refused ,socially, the dignity of freely enjoying being in love with the person of their choice without being judged and told they are going to Hell. It’s a shame that in our very modern world where we can nuke a country on the other side of the world, keep thousands of songs on a credit card size device in our pocket, where a doctor can take the heart from a dying person and put it into another person to save them, but we get our boxers all twisted because two men or two women want to date much less get married. It is quite primitive that anyone would feel this way. One of the biggest motivators people may give for not respecting a gay persons rights is because their faith dictates their belief .
Websters Dictionary defines “faith” as:
Definition of FAITH
allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity
to one’s promises (2) :
sincerity of intentions
a (1) :
belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) :
belief in the traditional doctrines
of a religion b (1) :
firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) :
: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>
Faith is a blind belief in a set of rules or mores that often times is based in religion. People guided by a form of faith will sometimes judge the living shit out of anyone that they do not think lives a life their deity approves of. A commonality in many faiths is that the deity of that faith will judge his people and not that the people will judge each other for Him or Her. It bugs the bananas out of me when some politician says their “faith” is why they do not support gay rights when the truth of the matter is that if they thought the majority of their constituents supported gay rights they would wear rainbow color suits and dresses and vote in favor of gay rights. I am not wholly attacking faith or people with faith. I have beliefs based in faith but I take great issue with anyone that starts wars over faith, judge others over faith, or governs too specifically guided by faith. By the way, a note for some who govern, gay people have faith too. Believe is somewhat of a casino game. You hedge your bets that you choose the right team or faith so you can make it to some form of heaven. This makes most feel better about living and eventually dying. None of this has anything to do with who your neighbor falls in love with. I think only a few faithful people act this way but sure as the sky is blue it is true that many that judge fit the above definition. Let God be gay persons judge, your life is short so live it enjoying your treasures and do not waste emotion or precious moments worrying that Leo is kissing Hector or Mary is marrying Emily. Who cares? Oh yeah and don’t forget you better be nice and not naughty because your deity will judge you too.
Life will go on if we let people live their lives when they are not causing harm to anyone. If you are lucky to find love go for it. If your love is returned you are blessed. Maybe one day people will learn to live and let live and I am happy to see that for at least now New York has done just that.