A matter of Pride.

Today is the GLBTQ pride parade here in our small bible belt town. I'm hoping to go, but between a recovering twisted ankle and other obligations I am not sure I will make it... but I will still be showing my support. This world has so much hate, so much violence, so much, just... -ugly- in it... Love should be celebrated any way it takes shape.

The first year our little town had a parade, the entire route was lined with manure. It was cleaned as best as possible, the route was changed, and everyone still marched. I was not there, but its still talked about seven years later.

The celebration has grown since then, more then 300 people are expected this year. Not everyone is gay or bi, a lot of people are there in support. I will be honest, I don't know that a small parade in a hodunk backwater town will make much difference. There will still be the hecklers telling us why God hates us, and I don't think any laws will be turned over. My friends, who have been in love with each other and only each other for nearly nine years, care for each other, respect each other, volunteer to help others, are both productive members of society... they may never be able to marry, adopt a child, if Jay winds up in the hospital, his estranged family will have more right then Chris to see him and make decisions. What makes their love not count, just because they are both male? It does not matter if you are straight, gay, bi, so in love with yourself you can't love anyone else... No one has the right to deny someone else love, and turning a blind eye is just as bad.

I could rant about this for hours, but I do have things to do, so I will leave you all with a laugh... the top ten reasons gays should not marry.

  • Being gay is not natural. Real Americans ™ always reject unnaturalthings like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
  • Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
  • Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
  • Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn’t changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can’t marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
  • Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears’ 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would bedestroyed.
  • Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn’t be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren’t full yet, and the world needs more children.
  • Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
  • Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That’s why we have only one religion in America.
  • Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That’s why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
  • Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could neveradapt to new social norms. Just like we haven’t adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
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