I was hesitant to write this post.
I was hesitant because I was worried about using the wrong language.
I was hesitant because I didn't want to deal with argumentative backlash because I don't know everything.
I was hesitant because I didn't want to offend anyone.
...Then I got over that.
I got over it when I read, and reread, and reread again the hurtful things people say.
I got over it when I thought of all of the people I care about who's rights are at stake.
I got over it when it dawned on me that being silent does nothing.
I got over it... because I'm getting pissed.
To be honest, my main concern could actually be described as a lack of understanding. I honestly don't understand why people have an issue with something that doesn't affect them.
Most of my annoyance comes from those who argue against marriage equality from a religious stand-point. You can spout off all of the scripture you want; old and new testament. I've read it, I've heard it... fine. Here's what I personally won't put up with; actively working to destroy another's chance at happiness because you think they're sinning, and it's worse than your sinning.
I honestly don't understand the thought process.
If someone thinks that anyone that identifies at LGTB is going to hell, fine. I personally don't agree with them, but fine. This is America and they get to have a point of view. What I don't get is their continued involvement. If you think they're going to hell and you're going to heaven, then let them! I'm fairly certain that if they wanted your opinion, they'd ask you for it. In the mean time, let them live the life they're happy living, and you can marry someone with different genitalia than what's stored in your pants/skirt/tutu.
Personally, if I had to imagine what my idea of heaven looked like, it wouldn't be one where people I care about (gay or straight) weren't allowed in. I have a hard time believing in a God that hands out rejection letters like that college who denied you. Before my freshman year of college, I filled out tons (7) of scholarship applications, and I got tons (6) of rejection letters in response. I was left feeling crushed and completely inadequate. I can't believe in a God who would actively do that to someone who loved Him. Because following that thought process I can't help but wonder; "who am I to make the cut?"
I strongly and boldly stand behind marriage equality as a friend, a confidant, a classmate, a colleague, and a Christian.
Here's hoping that the next generation ifeelsfree to be whoever they are :)
I have no business changing the world, nor do I wish to be remembered after I'm gone. I do, however, desire to be the person I'm needed to be by those I love.