To the editor:
Over the course of the last month the discussion of same-sex marriage has been hot topic within the Marshall community.
I have read almost every commentary published and now I would just like to issue this response.
As a young gay man I would just like to say that I am sick and tired of listening to every conservative Joe, Jill, and John speak on gay and lesbian people as if they know how it is to be gay or lesbian.
Last time I checked a middle-aged, bible-thumping, white man is not an accurate representation of the gay community and would have the faintest idea of what it is to be gay. Why do you feel you can speak for me? You have NO idea of the discrimination people in the LGBT community face on a regular basis, because you've never faced that type of discrimination.
You think I chose this? Why would a person in their right mind choose a life where they are hated, potentially shunned by their families, and denied basic fundamental rights?
This type of singling out and restriction of rights can be closely equated to that of women and African American suffrage of the past. It comes down to politics and the white supremacists wanting to maintain their hold.
The only reason this was thrown into the ballot by Republicans was to get more conservatives out to the polls this year to keep their majority in the state Legislature.
Thirdly, I want to address all the religious "justifications." I respect your right to religion. I respect your right to make your own decisions and live your life as you wish. I do not try to jump in and tell you who you can marry and when or if you can marry said person. Why do you feel you can do that to me? Marriage is a predominantly a LEGAL issue, not a religious one.
When a couple gets married they are required to get a marriage license, a religious ceremony is optional. In order to get a divorce you must go through the courts to make the separation official, not the church. Our country was founded on the idea of escaping religious oppression-the concept of "separation of church and state." The United States Constitution, with special note of the Fourteenth Amendment was created to prevent the majority from oppressing a minority.
Proponents of the amendment often point out, with great reassurance, that majority of states have passed such constitutional amendments in the past against same-sex marriage.
Well, just because a majority votes one way on a particular issue, doesn't make that way necessarily right.
In closing I will leave you with this statement of vexation. I do not look down upon your religion unless your religion looks down upon me. I am not anyone's moral judge nor are you.
WASPs ought to buzz 'round and worry about your own nest rather than meddle in mine.