We must protect the sanctity of marriage!
Sound familiar? It seems to be the constant rhetoric of those who wish to live without equal rights for all. For some reason, a 50% divorce rate and infidelity within marriage creates some sort of sanctity with which we dare not mess.
Florida is dragging its feet on even allowing same sex couples to register so that they may attain the right to be present in hospital rooms and make decisions for their loved one. Most of us call this a fundamental right.
During the heated debates of the Equal Rights Amendment, many women actually opposed the ERA. Why? Because they were shocked to find that they were less than equal to begin with. Yes, it simplifies the issue but it makes the point: just because someone is different from me does not make them less equal. Unfortunately, in this case, it seems that the only way to make us all equal is to say so under the law.
Ignorance abounds in this country and I’ve found quite a bit in Florida. People are scared of what they don’t understand and scared of those who are different because they don’t understand them. If people would open their minds and simply listen, we all might be able to understand each other better. As a result, we would no longer be scared of those who are different and more willing to accept change.
Marriage equality is going to happen. One day. It’s just a matter of when. Just like the abolition of slavery. Just like women’s suffrage. Eventually, people will be equal under the law. And, do you know what? Just like every other time in history where equality came to be, people got over their differences, accepted the change and moved on.