Each time I publish a post in the category While Perched Upon My Soapbox I find myself writing a prelude to the piece. It usually starts out with me making an excuse for the impending rant and how few of these type of posts I actually publish. I do write so few in this category and I do try to keep the focus of my blog on being free, happy, and uninhibited in life. Today is no different. But today the theme of Naked Girl in a Dress is being expanded to all people. Even if some people live their lives in a way that others disagree with or find sinful. This post might lead some people to stop reading Naked Girl in a Dress, cause others to pray for my soul, and a certain percentage to cheer me on for my public statement. But I am willing to take what comes my way as a result of sharing my thoughts on a controversial topic:
Those two words don’t belong in the same sentence, but unfortunately people who are haters have inserted themselves in the business of love when it relates to marriage equality. I do understand there are those who don’t hate people who are gay, but pray for their conversion to heterosexuality. Many have the best of intentions in their thoughts, however misguided some of us might find it. Regardless of the motivations, far too many people are impeding equality in this country.
For those who shout the loudest against marriage equality, not one has made a compelling argument as to what terrible thing will happen if people of the same gender are allowed to marry. Here’s my response to what I have heard as reasons:
- It isn’t our business to decide for others how or who they choose to love.
- Jesus was consistently all-inclusive in his actions and words. Those who speak out as a result of religious beliefs are doing so based upon their interpretation of the Bible, which is subjective.
- If marriage is only for procreation then heterosexual unions that are childless by choice should not be allowed under these rules. And contraceptives should be banned. Oh wait, there are a lot of people working on that. Never mind.
- “It’s wrong” isn’t an intelligent answer.
I had the privilege to shoot a same-sex wedding in D.C. a few weeks ago. I witnessed a love that was inspiring to me and everyone in attendance. There are times you can simply feel the love between two people and this beautiful couple was a great example. With so many unhappy, dysfunctional marriages, I can’t imagine anyone having the right to interfere when true love exists and two people want to make a lifetime, legally-recognized, commitment to each other as these brides did a few weeks ago.
I did not write this post to incite a riot or have my own little group of haters. I am writing it to open dialogue in my small corner of the internet. My hope is there can be respectful disagreement that can possibly lead to greater understanding. Even if it is just one person who becomes a little more open-minded as a result of my effort, I will feel like I accomplished something today.
Are you for or against marriage equality?
Note: No comment below will be allowed that is hateful or disrespectful from either side.