I stumbled upon this video on YouTube today and the timing couldn’t be anymore perfect. I’m sure many of you are aware that North Carolina has now banned gay marriage from the state, thus subjugating the LGBTQ community to a life of second-class citizenship. In case anyone has any confusion, civil unions or domestic partnerships are NOT the same as a legal marriage and do not contain nearly the same amount of privileges and legal rights that a heterosexual couple receives when married by the state.
It saddens me to think that the United States, the land of the free and the home of the brave, would create and pass laws to deny their fellow brothers and sisters the same rights that the heterosexual community takes for granted so often.
This video touched me very deeply, as it is a true love story, and one with a very tragic ending. These two men were deeply in love, owned a home together, started a business together and were building a life together. But when tragedy struck, it was as if their relationship did not exist, did not matter, and was meaningless in the eyes of the state...and in the eyes of the family. Their story may awaken some to think about marriage equality in a different way, and for those of you who believe in equal rights under the law already, this video will only further the determination to see all people who live in the United States enjoy the same basic human rights under the law.
Only when the United States collectively stands up for the rights of all its citizens will we begin to see the tide changing. No longer will bullying kids for being “different” be acceptable. Don’t we understand that the effect that our bigotry has on our children affects them in their interactions with one another? How can we chastise our children for their ignorance when we have yet to open our eyes as a society, ourselves?
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