I'm a fan of Tyra Banks (don't hate me) and on one of her shows she brought up the topic that the discrimination gays face today is just like what African Americans faced 50 years ago. There were several good points brought up on the show and here are my opinions on them:
(I do believe that gays and homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else, by the way)
1. You can choose to be gay. You can't choose to be black.
I disagree. I am a woman and I am perfectly happy with my boyfriend. But I didn't choose to be straight, that was the way I was born. Just as people don't choose to be gay. Why would someone wake up one morning and say "I want to be gay. I want people to look at me like I'm weird. I want my parents to disown me. I want to struggle to find friends that accept me. I want to be rejected by society." I can't think of anyone who would willingly want that.
2. The Bible says gay marriage is a sin.
I am a Christian and I believe in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Heaven, etc. However, I do not think that the government has the right to use the Bible to tell citizens how to live their lives. We live in a country where church and state are separate, right? So I don't understand how the government can use the Bible to make laws. Also, we clearly aren't living by the Bible in other cases, such as sex before marriage. I also do not think that we as people have the right to use the Bible to hate a group of people. Gays are people made by God. God says to accept all of his creation. If we discriminate them, it is the same as when whites thought that blacks weren't humans.
3. The children of same sex couples will be bullied in school.
Yes, this will happen, just as children of mixed colors/races are bullied. Mulatto children are not as bullied as they were 30 or 40 years ago because it is slowly becoming the norm. The same thing is going to happen with children of same sex marriages. We have to accept that people are different from us. More importantly, however, we have to teach our children how to accept them.
So those are just a few main points that really got me thinking. I accept homosexuals. But does the kissing/hugging stuff bother me? I don't want to see it from gays any more than I want to see it from straights.
What are your thoughts? Do you think it is unconstitutional for the government to not allow gays to marry? Or do you agree with the Bible and think it is a sin?