By Brittany English
A different level of courage comes with being this open and vulnerable, but with so many different people involved, I take that chance.
The right to love shouldn’t be the center of debates, legislative movements, or acts of hatred. However, the world isn’t perfect and neither is government. That shouldn’t deter people from talking about it without fear of slander or retribution for what is easily described as “wrong.”
How strange to live in a nation that prides itself on its diversity, yet the simple subject of two women or two men getting married makes half the country cringe in disgust as they pull scripture to prove their “divine way.” We may come from different lands, different backgrounds and speak in different tongues, but our hearts beat as one.
I have been lucky enough to find a soul that not only complements mine, but challenges it as well. Nothing else quite compares to being in such a state of euphoria.
Why doesn’t, or shouldn’t, every person I meet, know, or work with have the pleasure of being told this, without the possibility that I will be looked upon as sub-human?
My parents have been married for 25 years, and I’m incredibly proud to be their daughter.
I know that if I did not have their unconditional support I would not be the woman I am today.
I know that for some parents, it feels as if they’ve somehow failed if their child is gay.
But I feel it’s a better judgment to say that they fail as parents the minute they stop loving that child. Although the road for my parents could not have been easy, I know that at the end of the day, I’m not their lesbian daughter. I’m just their daughter.
I urge you to think of everybody you know – every classmate, every coworker, every peer, and every family member. I guarantee that at least one of them is gay. And if you respect those people in the slightest of ways, I urge you to reconsider your stance on same-sex equality.
Perhaps same-sex equality is not even on your radar, but look back in history to all the various forms that equality comes in, and hopefully you recognize that this fight is one of the same.
Talk to people about love – it’s unconditional, it knows no boundaries, and it is not solely defined for a man and a woman.
If you know me, that’s at least one person whose rights you should consider.