Gays are the new blacks

31 05 2010

Historically, our nation’s enemies have thought that our perseverance owes its foundation to our national monuments and structures, without noting that these tangible existences are merely examples of our resolve and independence.  We’ve had our buildings assaulted and brought to ruin, yet the result is a bond, a unification formed through the loss.  I’m reminded of the story of Dolly Madison, rushing in to the blazing White House to salvage the painting of our first president, while British troops attempted to defeat our nation by destroying principle buildings within Washington DC.  I think of the destruction of the World Trade Towers; yes, we mourned the loss of lives, but the towers were merely structures, they didn’t house our patriotism.

It’s Memorial Day and as I watch the news feeds of celebrations across the country, it makes me smile.  It also makes me tear up.  I think about the lives lost for our country, but also for those who were willing to give that sacrifice.  It says a great deal about an individual to sign their name on a dotted line, giving their soul and last breath to protecting the interests of their country.  I don’t know that I could be that noble and brave, to say take my life if it means someone else may live theirs freely.  But for all that nobility, one would think that freedoms would belong to all citizens.  One would think in a nation as great as ours, there would no longer be individuals who were not free to live their lives without persecution.

Our country’s patriotism and belief in the right to be free are what make us so great.  So powerful.  Not the high rise buildings or fast moving ships or iconic monuments or homes of the powerful.  Despite the fact that we live in a world which revolves around the haves and have nots, it’s the intangible factors that make us who we are.  They are also our demise.

I suppose, for me, it is the knowledge that rights are afforded to only those whom we deem fit that bothers me most.  I think about the homosexual soldiers, who sign away the rights of their loved ones to be notified if they should die, who sign away the rights of their partners to receive benefits as dependents, who sign away the rights they are due to simply have intimate conversations with their loved ones – for me.  They sign away those rights to make sure that I keep my own.  Much like the black soldiers of the generations before signed away their lives to secure the rights of a country that would not insure that they were given those same rights.  I’m not a homosexual, have never pondered the idea of that lifestyle personally, but my own choices and convictions are not necessarily right for the next person.  So I wonder, how then, is it that our government can make the decision that a homosexual is somehow less deserving of those inalienable rights to which I am afforded for being straight.

There is the argument that it is because our nation was founded on religion and homosexuality defies God’s plan; but I counter firstly with the separation of church and state, and secondly on why those who choose to have sex outside of marriage are not prevented from having those rights.  I know firsthand that when US Navy ships make a port call, they hand out contraceptives to all sailors, regardless of their marital status.  How is infidelity a lesser moral crime than homosexuality?  To protect those who return with STDs, the sailors are treated in sick bay without any notification being given to their loving spouses at home awaiting their return, and yet homosexuality is immoral?

One can argue the legality of homosexuality (as twenty-two states still have laws against sodomy), but much like the Florida Law that prohibits males from wearing strapless gowns, laws aren’t always reasonable or worth defending (otherwise the courts in Key West would be backlogged for decades on that one statute alone).  And to argue the legality of homosexuality, we first must look at the constitutionality of the law itself.  If both parties are consenting adults and bring no harm to others through their actions, what does it matter what they do in the privacy of their home?  Would you feel it justified to have a team of judges and jurors debating if your sexual actions were legal?  The law itself was written in another era, by lawmakers who were guided by principles of their religion and not of equality and freedom.

To say that homosexuals have no place in the US military is irrelevant, they’re there.  They serve right alongside their heterosexual counterparts.  And they have done so for centuries.  From Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben who led our country through the most delicate and pivotal battles in our fight for independence from Great Britain through modern day men and women.  The difference they want is merely to not have to hide their identity.  To be afforded the right to contact their loved ones without fear of being discharged the right to have their loved ones notified of their injuries or death, the rights every other service member who offers their life for our country receives.

I don’t honestly believe they are asking for that much.

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8 responses

20 06 2010
Zach

Why do we need to know how people enjoy sex? Why do gays have to be out? And why on earth do they need to be able to marry???

15 07 2010
protogere

I think they need to be afforded the same rights as every other citizen, no matter their sexual preference. We are equals as citizens per the rights given by our nation, so why should they not be permitted to actually be equal?

26 06 2010
Qibb

I disagree, homosexuality has always been taboo, its not a new thing to dislike it, its just that more people are gay now than there used to be.

14 07 2010
protogere

Qibb, I am not certain that you are accurate in your opinion. In fact for many centuries many nations accepted, even if not discussing openly, the homosexuality of its leaders and citizens. It fell out of grace with the prevalence of Christianity, certainly, and has been pushed into recesses of family stories, but I do think that the outcry against homosexuality is more prevalent than it was fifty years ago.

7 08 2010
KORNFAN949

did you vote for obama? be honest

15 08 2010
protogere

I did indeed. The relevancy to this subject and my voting choices are unclear to me, would you care to expound?

15 08 2010
Mrs. Anti-Virus

I bet you wish george bush was still president now

15 08 2010
protogere

No. He did enough harm in office to far outweigh the good he achieved.

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