I’m So Proud

As one of my friends said, “I would say, ‘Unbelievable!’ but it’s more like, ‘Hey, welcome to the 21st century, what took you so long?’ I’m very proud to be a Washingtonian.”

I don’t know if you’ve gathered, but that was in reference to the fact that today, just in time for Valentines Day, Washington State has passed a gay marriage bill into law. The law won’t take effect for a few months, and will definitely face a lot more opposition, but I’m still proud. And excited.

I love listening to anti-gay marriage arguments. Not because I agree, obviously, but because they’re so stupid. Letting gays marry will do nothing to your own heterosexual marriage. They aren’t going to raid your home and steal your wife, they aren’t going to make you cheat on your husband, and they’re not going to rip up your marriage certificate. What is at stake? Nothing except the freedom you’ve been denying them for years. For God’s sake, get over it.

Just because you disagree with someone’s way of life, you do not have the right to tell them to change how they feel and who they are. This sentence comes with a disclaimer excluding murderers, rapists, etc. But gays are not in that category, no matter what you say. So get over yourself, because this isn’t about you. It’s about a huge group of other people who are pleading to be treated as humans. We’ve already gone through so much as a nation, discriminating against so many races and religions, so why can’t we just give it up and love each other and let these people get married?

There’s a lot of terrible stuff going on in this world; people are getting murdered, raped, beaten, starved to death every day. Amidst all these atrocities, we’re worried about two people in love getting married? We’re worried about it because they happen to be of the same sex? This issue deals with whether or not people can share their love for the rest of their lives like heterosexual people have been able to for centuries. And we’re finally coming to our senses and letting them.

So of course I’m excited and proud and wiggling for joy today. Because my state has made another huge step toward marriage equality. And finally my friends and family members will soon be able to get married to whomever they choose. I’m sad that this had to be voted on, because this shouldn’t even be an issue, but since it is, we’ve done a good thing today.

So to everyone out there, all around the world, let’s keep moving. Let’s make this universal. Let’s let love prevail.

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  1. I’ve always known it but now it’s official. Washington state is awesome. Now, brace yourself for the naysayers. I already heard on the news that they’re getting their petition going to put it on the referendum. Learn from our mistake in California. We didn’t pay them much heed and didn’t think they stood a chance, and suddenly they sneak in and the next thing we knew, Prop 8 became law. One of the problems is they have access to lots of money. They’re are backers, mostly in Utah and other states, willing to pour millions and millions into their side to make sure gays never have the same civil rights as the rest of us. It’s awful, I know, but think of women and how long they had to wait for the right to vote, how many resisted that. It all boils down to change, progress. People are afraid of change, any kind, and will do all they can to stop it. But it’s coming. I can hear it in the wind and soon, one day, in your lifetime if not mine, gays from Florida to Alaska will have the right to marry. It’s just a matter of time and those naysayers can slow it down, but they can’t stop progress. And Amen to that!

    1. So eloquently, beautifully put, Monica. I definitely feel the naysayers coming, and it’s scary, but I hope we’ll pull together and keep this thing a law. But it is wonderful to think there is hope for the future, if just by looking at women’s rights and how long it took. Fingers crossed for California too :)

  2. Gahh how did I miss this post (I know I’m like a week behind, but this is older than that!!)?! I hope my silence wasn’t misconstrued, because…

    I am with you 110%!! My blog bud, Deb, (The Monster In Your Closet) wrote a post called, “Gay Love. Or As I Like To Call It, Love” and I feel like that title sums it up perfectly.

    Go Washington!

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