Live and let love. I am proud to be a Minnesotan today.
Monday, May 13, 2013
This blog is going to be a bit controversial. I am not posting it to start an argument or to put down anyone else. My beliefs are my own and you are welcome to yours; I just hope that we can agree to disagree and have respect for each other. That being said, I am posting this blog from a state of love, respect, and appreciation. Any responses that are disrespectful or demeaning will be deleted. Responses that are opposite of my views but are respectful are okay.
Now that I've gotten the disclaimer out of the way, here is what I want to talk about.
Live and let love. This is what I believe. If someone is coming from a place of love and respect then they will wish the best for others, even if they disagree with them. If a person is coming from a place of hate and prejudice, they will expect that their views should define others' lives and wish horribleness on anyone who disagrees. We can disagree on others' actions while still wishing the best for them.
I believe women deserve the same rights as men. I believe rights shouldn't be determined by skin color. I believe disabled & differently-abled people should be allowed fair chances to succeed just as 'normal' people. I believe GLBTQ people should be allowed the same rights as straight people. I believe in civil rights. We don't choose the sex we're born with. We don't choose our race. We don't choose how our well our bodies will work or what our natural talents will be. We don't choose what traits we're naturally attracted to, whether it's legs, chest, abs, butt, eyes, or whether they're male/female.
Today, I am proud to be a Minnesotan. On Thursday, the MN House approved a Gay Marriage bill. Today, the MN Senate approve the bill. The governor will sign it tomorrow at 5 pm. Starting August 1st, 2013, gay marriage will be legal in Minnesota. We will be the 12th state to legalize gay marriage and the 1st in the midwest to do so with legislation instead of the courts.
If you have ever asked a gay person "when did you choose to be gay," try asking yourself "when did I choose to be straight?" Unlike most people, due to unique experiences in my life, I have spent a lot of time asking myself about my sexuality. I see beauty in many types of people and I don't like to immediately exclude anyone from my definition of 'attractive' due to sex, race, abilities, etc. I want someone to love who loves me, so I need to be open to love. I want to find a man to love; I also want to believe in the love of everyone.
There is so much I could say on this topic but I will leave it here. I wanted to express my joy at the success of this bill and I have done so. I hope many others are joining me in celebration and those who are against this bill will find peace and acceptance as they experience no harmful effects of this legislation.