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Just because it’s traditional doesn’t mean it’s right

You hate gay people.
They’re quirky and yucky and they make you feel uncomfortable.
It’s OK to admit that you’re a homophobe.
You try not to be “that guy,” but you have a couple of drinks and then use a derogatory word in a passing sentence about people you don’t agree with.
It’s just a joke. Who cares, right?
They’re different. They don’t see the world like you do. Their flamboyant lifestyle is a minority belief and they choose the dalliance of an alternate existence. It’s embarrassing and goes against all that you’ve been raised to believe in.
Their lifestyle is a stereotype like any other statement by a stupid moron too lazy to actually discover the truth.
Honkies can’t dance, do math or be cool. Asians can do math but can’t drive. Black people love watermelon. (So do I!) Middle Easterners own convenience stores.
Does that make things easier for you? Do you feel better putting everyone in a little box?
Oh wow, I forgot to tell you. They’re just like you by the way. No difference, no change. Nothing separates them from you other than a biological imperative and your smug/snug hold on your Bible.
A Bible that means just as much to them as it does to you by the way, except they have to be exceptionally Christian and forgiving to accept the fact that people in their own congregation disagree with their lifestyle.
You are dumb if you think a gay man or lesbian intentionally chooses to be different and ostracized by society at large.
They want to live their life like everyone else — liberated of governmental interference and societal exile, and with freedom from prejudicial judgment. Weird huh?
So when you voted for Proposition 8, what you’re saying is people that are only slightly different than you should not enjoy the same legal, financial and moral benefits that you live with every day.
Proposition 8 says that according to the California constitution, two consenting American citizens can’t get married. Even though they love each other and are in a committed relationship. Even though heterosexual relationships fail at about a 70 rate in California.
Of course the religious right and those silly Mormons were bound to show up and throw their sacred-underwear-wielding cash into the mix. Even though they’re based in Utah, they donated millions to a proposition in California to keep things traditional.
You know, like how slavery was traditional. And internment camps were traditional. And how separate bathrooms, sitting in the back of the bus, women staying barefoot and pregnant and not having the right to vote were all traditional.
Yeah, tradition has been wonderful for America.

1 comment

a_reader November 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Wow. Name calling works for you, huh?

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