Every so often, another huge battle comes along in our society. Here we are again.
If you’ve been living under a rock, let me explain the above picture. The first is the symbol of ‘equality’ in reference to marriage. (I refuse to call it “gay marriage,” because that goes completely against what the “equal” sign advocates. Marriage is marriage.) The second is the symbol of believing that marriage should remain between one man and one woman. Using a “not equal” sign seems pretty self-explanatory – if you want anything other than a man/woman marriage, then you are not equal.
If you’re on facebook, you’ve seen these symbols floating around everywhere. I’m no exception. I’m not going to keep this unbiased. I am proudly supporting my equal sign and do not care who knows it. But something was recently brought to my attention about all this, and I want to address it.
I was told (as I’m sure many of you other “loudmouths” were – which term I use in the nicest way possible because I’m grouping myself with you) that Facebook is not the “place” for such displays and that some things just need to be kept silent. That in standing for my beliefs, I am actually creating the divisiveness, not helping to amend it.
Hmm. Fair point. It definitely caused me to think. And even caused me to blog about it. (Oh, who am I kidding? I blog about everything. I want to blog when I see an ant eating a bread crumb. But aren’t they just so darn cute? They’re little bitty legs trying to tote this massive piece of bread back to their little bitty wives and little bitty families…. Ahhhem. I digress.)
So, yeah. Am I creating divisiveness by stating my point? I think the answer to that lies in how we choose to state our point. I’m not trying to argue. Contrary to what many people might believe, I’m really not. I know people have serious strongholds when it comes to their mindset on this issue. I’m not delusional enough to believe that my own little voice (ok, my one HUGE voice) is enough to change anyone’s mind. And I’m not trying to. But what I am trying to do is this – (1) I want other people who feel the way I do to realize that there are others out there who feel the same and that they don’t need to be hesitant to voice an opinion that may or may not be the “popular” one. And, (2) I want those people who are actually being affected by this decision that is to be handed down by the Supreme Court to know that they have allies. That I don’t have to be gay to support their cause. That they have support – and not only in people who share their same lifestyle.
And that’s it.
I’m fully aware that there are people who will disagree with me. That’s cool. Whatevs. I’m willing to be an adult about it. Are you? Yesterday I was involved in a somewhat heated debate back and forth with someone who feels very different about this issue than I do – and yet we were simultaneously sending messages back and forth in another forum trying to plan a date to get together to catch up over dinner and a movie. We’re still friends. Our differing views aren’t going to change that. And if it did – then I would be going against everything that I’m trying to stand for here. That everyone – regardless of their belief system, or lack thereof – is equal.
In other words, can’t we just all get along? Agree to disagree? Live and let live?
Isn’t that what this is all about after all?
So, am I causing devisiveness? I don’t mean to. If I am, I’m sorry. But as I have taught my children, and as I hope they’ll teach their children in years to come, you absolutely have to stand for what you believe in. And in doing so, you are showing the world that you are unique, that you have the capacity to feel, and that you have the strength and the courage to be you.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Never shut up.
Never ever ever shut up.
“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.”
– Albert Einstein