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With the Supreme Court reviewing the legality of Prop 8, it seems like it’s become time to let loose the torrents of internet rage for or against the hot button issue of gay marriage.
Growing up in a conservative Christian environment and attending a private Christian university, I certainly started on one side of the argument, but, as I’ve grown to meet and love dearly some friends in the music and arts community (and there are many) who just happen to be gay, my opinions have slowly begun to transform.
I, like everyone, am a transitional work in progress and my personal views on homosexuality generally and gay marriage specifically will continue to grow with time. For now, though, I look at the argument from a strictly non-political perspective, because, I think, ultimately, the discussion of gay marriage raises more important ideas that go beyond any political ideology.
Frankly, from a political standpoint, I don’t see full legalization of gay marriage as the answer. As a symbol of growing acceptance, perhaps, this is key, but, until we start fundamentally altering the way we view people who are different in our own communities and circles of influence, real change cannot happen. I deliberately stay neutral, in a political sense, on arguments of gay marriage, because I think that the semantic argument of what constitutes marriage skirts the issue at heart.
We are every day challenged to love others, consistently and intentionally, regardless of their race, religion, and, now, sexual orientation. While being able to obtain a certificate on paper of equal legal right is a big step for the gay community, it will not protect them from the persecution, ridicule, and hate that they must face every day.
To me, the issue of gay marriage is not an issue to be argued in the halls of government buildings and dissected by lawyers and politicians. It is an issue we must all confront in our smallest of social circles - in our communities, in our schools, in our churches, and among our families and friends.
When you argue about an issue on such a grand and technical level, it loses its personality. I have a friend, who is gay, who once told me, “Why would I choose to be gay? People hurt me every day because of who I am. Why would I choose this?” That thought has stuck with me to this day. I don’t need to debate the science behind the predisposition to homosexuality or the “gay gene,” nor do I need to argue about the sociological effects that gay marriage might have on a community down the road. My friend is hurting. People are hurting. And THAT is something I can do something about.