In America, we sing about "the land of the free and the home of the brave". We speak of "liberty and justice for all". But if we have so much freedom, why can't two people who love each other be married? Why aren't they allowed the same legal rights as other married couples? And, most importantly, what gives us the right to vote on whether they can spend their lives together?
We are all humans--gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transexual, gender-queer, pansexual, asexual, hermaphroditic, questioning, or whatever you identify as. I will never know firsthand the plight of someone who is an orientation other than heterosexual, but it is the responsibility of all of us to try to understand what people of all types are going through. I believe that every person on this planet knows what it is like to be discriminated against for all different reasons, none of which are legitimate. It is never right to discriminate. It is never right to judge.
It seems like the excuse I hear the most from anti-gay individuals is that their religion forbids it. Hmm, that's funny, I thought church and state were separated in America? Maybe if religious officials want a say in politics, they should start paying taxes like the rest of us. Do you really think God would rather you stand in the street with a picket sign which reads "God hates gays" than serve food in a soup kitchen, or volunteer in a nursing home, or walk homeless dogs at a shelter? Do you genuinely believe that God hates gay people? Because I'm pretty sure the Bible says that God doesn't hate anyone.
Some people say that they don't hate gay people, they just don't believe in same-sex marriage. Everyone has the right to an opinion, and I completely respect that. But if you are voting against two people who love each other getting married, what else can that be called but hate? And who are you to judge people? Why should you have the right to vote on the way they spend their lives, or who they love, or marry?
In conclusion, I would just like to say that I will never argue with someone for simply having an opinion on any given subject. But if you are infringing upon the basic, inalienable rights of another human being, I will fight you with my words until the very end.