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March 27, 2013

COLUMN: Gay marriage debate: People are people

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MILLEDGEVILLE —

The idea of marriage has long been viewed through religious doctrines. As such, because I married a man I am legally allowed the many rights, privileges and headaches of that union. But traditional views and beliefs, while often accepted or grandfathered, shouldn’t be something that we hold so dear that we not re-examine them? How is it that we somehow can not see the injustices of the issue? How soon we have forgotten the plight of the oppressed races seeking equality? That being said why should a same-sex couple be denied the same rights as a person of the opposite persuasion?

To define marriage as being between a man and a woman is to view it religiously, to define the legal union of a same-sex couple is to see it as humane. I may not be a participant of the LGBT community but I’m objective enough to understand that by law “marriage” is a contract. If justice is really blind it should not dictate or exclude an individual based on their sexual preference. Society as a whole needs to see that this is discrimination and that it does in fact harm and denigrate. It harms the families and children of same-sex partners. There should be no stigma in accepting people for who they are. Regardless of your beliefs on what makes an individual gay, the fact is that at the end of the day we’re more the same than we are different.

Don’t try to contain a lifestyle as if it was an infectious disease. Just as drinking from separate fountains doesn’t make any sense, so too is the notion that “being gay” will somehow usher in the end of morality. Why should anyone be allowed to dictate what constitutes a “proper” relationship? I’m not comfortable with the idea that unless their union consists of one man and one woman, “the land of the free and the home of the brave” won’t accept you.

We are the land of the persecuted and yet we’ve somehow managed to also be the land of the persecuted.

LaToya M. Davidson can be contacted at latoydavidson@me.com or follow her on Twitter, @LaToyaonUR.

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