I was reading an article earlier (Student questions Michele Bachmann on gay rights) that really annoyed me.
An Iowa teen that is the head of her GSA (Gay Straight Alliance if you don’t know what that means) at her school ask Mrs. Bachmann what she would to support gay rights, like marriage. Well we all know by now that Mrs. Bachmann is against any gay rights. Her answer to the young women was that everyone all ready has the right to get married, as long as you marry someone of the opposite sex.
So her stance is pretty much equal but separate. But that’s not equal. Now let me just state that I think the bitch is crazy. (And please don’t get offended that I called her a bitch, I call a lot of people bitches) I mean her and her husband think you can “pray the gay away”. Being an atheist, I think that’s fucking crazy but I also know a lot of religious people that think that’s nuts too. There is no proof that you can “pray the gay away” and trust me there’s gay people out there that wish it was that easy. And a gay person marrying the opposite sex is NOT the same as marrying the person you love. She basically tells gay youth and everyone else that it’s ok to be in a loveless marriage.
Let me put it to you like this in a hypothetical situation:
The tables are turned: Gay marriage is the norm and straight people can only get married in a few states. The straight people are trying to get an equal marriage law to pass but there are gay people out there that think straight people shouldn’t be allowed to marry. To them it’s wrong, immoral, goes against their religious teaching, etc.
You (a straight person) ask a political leader (who’s against straight marriage) what they will do for your cause. This person turns to you and says everyone has the same rights, you have the right to marry but it just has to be someone of the same sex. How would that make you feel? Especially, if you’ve already been with your significant other for over 10 or even 20 years. You wouldn’t want to marry someone of the same sex, you don’t find them attractive and you certainly don’t love them.
Now if that would make you feel like a second class citizen, why is it ok for straight people to do the same to LGBT people?