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The following is an amazing post by a Christian friend of mine on Facebook that describes how he came to support gay marriage.
For many years I have struggled with a certain issue and its affect on society. Depending on the day you asked me I could have come down on either side of the issue. It’s a moral issue and a life issue. It’s emotional and practical and intellectual.
It’s the issue of Gay Marriage.
Having gay people in my life for ALL of my life I’ve known them to be warm, caring and perfectly flawed, just like everyone else I know, myself being at the head of the list of flawed individuals. To be honest I don’t quite understand attraction to the same sex. Then again, I’m straight, so I don’t need to. But what I do need to do is live in accordance with MY beliefs: I am a Christian, a Conservative, a child of hippies and a believer in everyone taking personal responsibility for their lives. And although I may not understand homosexuality I am so much better and so much happier for the gays in my life.
So after years of knowing, loving and cherishing my gay friends and family I have decided that the issue deserves my support.
I support Gay Marriage. Many of my Conservative friends will think me crazy. Many of my Christian friends will think me heretical. Hell, many of my Liberal and Gay friends already think I’m nuts so I’ve kind of gotten used to it. :)
Here are my reasons for supporting Gay Marriage-
AS A CHRISTIAN – I support monogamy. Period. It may not be MY kind of monogamy but any couple who can stand the test of time, learn, grow, humble themselves to the needs of another and stay committed through all the difficulty this life brings has some lessons I need to learn.
AS A CONSERVATIVE – In a secular world I value Liberty, Freedom, above all else. That Freedom may not take forms that I understand or even agree with at times, but that’s Freedom. I can’t accept only the parts that I like or understand. I have to accept it all. I also value a person’s ability to take complete responsibility for their life. We don’t have enough of that today. And denying someone the Freedom to do that is wrong and a set-up. At this point in our American culture I also value a government who doesn’t take sides, who basically says, “Figure it out yourself” and stays out of MY way to let me succeed or fail. Denying another the Freedom to succeed or fail is wrong.
AS A HIPPIE KID – I need someone to teach me how to make organic pies with. ;)
AS AN ARTIST – I need someone to sing show tunes with. ;) My fellow straight buddies are great for country music and Aerosmith but not so much with Rodgers and Hammerstein.
The last few years have been hard for me. Really fucking hard. And the reality is I can use all the love and support I can get. We all can. Gays included. I have learned that there’s so much in this world that’s none of my damn business. How two people love each other is for them to work out.
The slow march of equality keeps rolling on!
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