Sunday, August 28, 2011

Isn't it about time we stop being stingy and learned to share?

Paul Newman once said :

“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.”

Who can argue with Paul Newman? I can't, though I've always felt this way. It never crosses my mind when getting to know someone what kind of bedroom activities we share. It's just not something that comes up.

Our country is at a crossroads right now when it comes to Marriage Rights. Marriage Rights of the LGBT community. Marriage rights of the Plural community. Though I'm against those who marry children I am for the equal rights of competent consenting adults. I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I had to hide my relationship, if I could not marry the man I wanted to.

This is an issue that is close to my heart..for mulitiple reasons. First and foremost I'm the mother of a a son who is gay,  and I'm the niece, cousin, friend, of those within the LGBT community.

Below is a piece I created because it's been on my mind as I think of all those I love who do not share the same rights. I hope that people will view it and make the connections, something will spark within them and they will open their hearts and minds to what could be.

(created using Tumble Fish Studio's kit My Picks and And So On available at Deviant Scrap)

It wasn't that long ago that women didn't share the same rights as men, because they were the public majority. It wasn't that long ago that a women couldn't make any financial decisions. Our rights were pretty much non-existant. Much the same way the LGBT and Plural communities rights are. Marriage is a right, being married has it's perks, perks my fellow men and women can't share if they are not the public majority. Isn't that unfair? Isn't it unjust to say? Isn't it unjust to keep them from happiness a happiness that costs you nothing?

No one is asking you to pay for their lifestyle, all they want is to share their life with someone they love openly and without judgement. You lose nothing by sharing a basic right you yourself enjoy. It doesn't affect you in anyway whatsoever.

My wish is simple, my wish is that people in America will open their hearts, bring compassion to the issue of Marriage Rights and change what is holding our people back. By voting for Marriage rights we can change our country for the better. Families can flourish, the stigmas can be cast aside and overall our communities will be enriched. It's a win, win.


  1. Couldn't agree with you (or Paul) more. Bless.

  2. Yes! I love this post! :) There is so much more to someone than their sexual preference. I believe it is wrong to deny anyone their rights simply because *cough*religious*cough* society deems someone a lesser individual. It is wrong on so many levels. And I love that you touched on plural marriages. Consenting adults have the right to do what they please as long as it harms none.

  3. Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!