Thursday, 4 April 2013

I am Australian and I support gay marriage.

I am Australian and I support gay marriage.

I support gay marriage because I support authentic love.

I support gay marriage because I support my friends, some of whom are gay.

I support gay marriage because I honestly feel that same-sex couples should have the same legal rights and public acknowledgment enjoyed by heterosexual couples.

I support gay marriage because I feel in my heart that if there is a God, S/He would want all of His/Her creations to experience the happiness that being in love creates- and also know that S/He would never have created homosexuality and sprinkled it so liberally throughout our population if it weren't as pure a manifestation of love as heterosexuality.

I support gay marriage because I believe in the institution of marriage despite my parents failing miserably at their own attempts. In fact, it is because of their failure that I understand a bit of the spectrum of personal actions that make up the concept of 'true commitment', and because of this understanding I have seen the fidelity of gay relationships and know them to be as strong as any other. For two people to be so adamant in their love that they would stick by each other in a world which actively seeks to pull them apart, for two people to take it all by each others side- that to me shows a level and understanding of true commitment that is deserving of legal and social recognition.  

I support same sex marriage because I know that people are 'born this way'. My son could be gay. It wont change a damn thing about the love I have for him, and hopefully by the time he is old enough to fall in love he will have the privilege of being in love and knowing that the law is on his side.

I support gay marriage because I support equality. I have to- I can't not. Equality is the soul of liberty, and as a woman in this beautiful country I am still subjected to the most ridiculous restraints on my personal liberties. Race rights, women's rights, gay rights- it is all the same battle, and we will win. In my life we will win.

“Being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.”
John Locke, Second Treatise of Government 

“As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don't think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then can look anyone in the eye and say, 'I'm probably no better than you, but I'm certainly your equal.”
Harper Lee

"There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with."
Woodrow Wilson
“Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who's confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”

“I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
Paul Newman 
“I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.”
Langston Hughes

“I believe that there will be ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone and those who want to continue the system of exploitation. I believe that there will be that kind of clash, but I don't think it will be based on the color of the skin...”
Malcolm X
same love,
Sandi D

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