Why Today is Huge and Red

By: Sarah and Kaitlyn

Today is a huge, mega, gigantic, colossally important day. Today, Americans make some decisions on a topic we are and will always be passionate about – gay marriage.

To us, equality is so important. Who you marry should not be about gender, but instead, about love.

In Washington D.C. today, a historic Supreme Court case regarding gay marriage is unfolding. The two cases being presented are California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative which banned gay marriage in the state and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which Bill Clinton says he regrets signing deeply. This court case could determine whether or not it is constitutional to ban or acknowledge gay marriage. It could answer the question of whether or not this is a state or federal issue. This is huge. Today is huge.

Something we often hear from our peers is, “I wish I was born in a different time period.” While it would be fun to sport a dress from the Victorian era or go to a music festival in the 70s, we are happy to be alive now. Because now is the Gay Rights Movement. Now is a time for change, for acceptance, for equality.

Many of our best friends are LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender). To us, they are not sinners, they did not make a “choice” to be gay, we don’t care if they kiss in public, we don’t consider them second-class citizens, or any other stigma that is attached to being gay. They are human beings and they deserve to be treated as such. They deserve the right to marry.

It shouldn’t matter whether a man loves a man, or a woman loves a woman, or a man loves a woman, because a commonality in all of those instances is the word love. And that’s all that really matters. Most people are searching for love and who cares whom they find it in? Love is about happiness, commitment and attraction, not genitalia.

Taking away the right for gay people to marry won’t mean they’ll stop loving each other. But it will mean they, and we, will fight with even more ferocity to allow those rights.

We grew up Christian. And ironically enough, those who are against gay marriage identify themselves as “Christian” just like us. Those that oppose gay marriage oppose it because the bible says that marriage must be between a man and a woman. They say that gay marriage will ruin the moral fiber of this country.

From what we are aware, Christianity is a religion founded on love. Love is the most powerful force and we should all treat each other with love and respect no matter how different we are from each other. Everyone is equal and loved equally under God.

So why are people attacking love with hate? Why are people saying that other’s rights are not as important as theirs; that their love isn’t as legitimate as their heterosexual, “moral” love? Spreading hate and inequality is not what we learned from our religion. Love is. We need to spread love, equality, and hope to others.

And we have faith that we will.

We can’t wait to look back in 50 years to the year 2013 and think about how much has changed. We hope we’ll be baffled that gay people ever didn’t have the right to marry.

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We're Sarah and Kaitlyn, roommates from Milwaukee who started this blog to promote creativity and life.
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