The debate especially for religious conservatives continues with their vocal protests. For them, gay marriage still represents a dramatic change in values and sexual morality.
For them, the proposed change raises questions that are troubling and profound. They seem to cling to the ideas that GLBT people are somehow more sexually promiscuous than the straight community, and that allowing GLBT marriage is equivalent to giving a green light to bigamy, polygamy, incestuous marriage, and pedophilia.
The conservative right continues to savagely caricature, ridicule, and condemn GLBT people in a way that they have done to no other group. It feels as if being a GLBT person has been pigeonholed as one of the top sins that humanity is capable of. They wrap their fear with just about every fear they can lump together when the subject is solely about allowing marriage between two people. It is bigotry in one of its purest forms. While some groups recognize this, others do not.
From the reactions, writings, and hate speech that I’ve seen, I feel that the reactions are very representative of the 7 deadly sins. The two that are most closely aligned to these expressions of hatred are those of wrath and pride. Wrath is inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. The sin of Pride is a disire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to acknowledge the good work of others, and the excessive love of self (especially holding the self out of proper position toward God). Pride is a denial of truth.
I have always felt that reason would eventually prevail over these outspoken waves of bigotry, wrath, and pride and I still do. I also think it’s time for the legal system and the government in the U.S. to declare that all peoples are indeed equal before the law and that all people have basic civil rights. Perhaps one day it will happen.
In an ideal world, fear would not rule people’s hearts and we would be respectful of each other’s differences.
The following film is an Irish anti-homophoic bullying advertisement that was created to raise an awareness amongst youth of a better way to combat this type of bigotry. The campaign promotes friendship.
Perhaps with persistence, one day, this portrait will be real.
I can’t seem to find the origin of this, but it seems to be going viral. It is from http://www.bewareofimages.com/ .
Before you judge others or claim any absolute truth, consider that…
… you can see less that 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum. As you read this, you are traveling at 220 kilometers per second across the galaxy. 90% of the cells in your body carry their own microbial DNA and are not “you”. The atoms in your body are 99.9999999999999999% empty space and none of them are the ones you were born with, but they all originated in the belly of a star. Human beings have 46 chromosomes, 2 less than the common potato. The existence of the rainbow depends on the conical photoreceptors in your eyes; to animals without cones, the rainbow does not exist. So you don’t just look at a rainbow, you create it. This is pretty amazing, especially considering that all the beautiful colours you see represent less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum.”
Tolerance and Respect for others will one day rule…