February 8, 2012 2 Comments
I believe in love. I believe in equality.
Those two simple facts mean that I must stand up, as an American, as a feminist, as a decent human being, and say this:
I believe in gay marriage equality.
Separate is not equal. Second-class is not freedom. It is a simple concept–and a lesson America learned a long time ago, yes? Well, apparently, we need a refresher course, so I’ll say it again:
Separate is not equal. Second-class is not freedom.
So long as gay marriage is available only in a smattering of states, and referendums on put on ballots across the country to actually vote for people’s right to be equal, America cannot call herself a free country. We are not the land of the free.
We are, however, the land of the brave. I see, every day, gay men and women standing up and openly existing–being who they are–in the face of hatred and violence. Here I am. I exist. I deserve equal rights. I am just like you. I love my partner. I want to be with them for the rest of my life. I, too, want the American dream.
Here I am. I exist. I am bullied. I am hated. I am harassed, assaulted, spat upon, and demonized. I am just like you.
Standing up in the face of such hatred, to put oneself in danger by openly being who they are–that is one of the bravest acts one can do, and I see it done every day.
How can I, as an ally, do anything else but stand with my brothers and sisters?
I couldn’t call myself a friend to the many people I hold dear if I didn’t stand up for them.
Stop that. That’s not cool. That’s discrimination. That’s not right. Your hatred won’t be tolerated here. I am not an ally to your bigotry. You won’t find a safe space to spew such hateful vitriol in me. I believe in equality. I believe my friends should be able to live their lives and marry who they love.
I believe my friends should be able to marry who they love. I believe everyone should be able to marry who they love.
I say this to friends and family. I say this to the people of Kentucky. I say this to Mitch McConnell. I say this to President Obama. I say this to the Supreme Court. I say this to Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul:
I believe in marriage equality. I believe in gay marriage. And I won’t give up.