Friday, April 3, 2009

Soapbox: Proud to be an Iowan Today

Well, actually, I am always proud to be an Iowan, but today is extra special... Just a little while ago, the Iowa Supreme court announced that banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional and Iowa became the third state in the United States to allow same sex marriages! This is a huge step in equal rights for all, no matter who you love.
I know there are many out there that believe that homosexuality is a choice. (Personally, I do not believe it is a choice, they have proven that it is genetics, but that is a different debate.) However, regardless of if it is a choice or not, who is anyone to say how they should live their life? I am a straight, catholic girl and my church tells me that I should be against all homosexualtiy and condem all that practice it. But who is the church, the government or anyone else to tell anyone who they can and can't love and how they are suppose to live their lives? I think those "christains" who will be outside protesting this because of what they believe should step back and practice loving everyone for who they are, the way the bible is meant to be interpreted and stop forcing what they believe on others. If you believe it is wrong and that all of those who "are" gay will go to hell, good for you, that is your belief, just because you believe it, does not mean that everyone has to. Stop being so narrow minded and be open to other views and other beliefs. Being able to have differing views and beliefs is what makes this country great, it was what this country was founded on - FREEDOM!
I am so glad that gays in Iowa will now be able to visit their loved ones in the hospital and make tough decisions for them if they're not able to. I am glad that if they decide to give a child in a need a loving home, they will no longer be questioned and one of them will be able to stay at home with the child and still enjoy the insurance benefits of the spouse.
You know, it wasn't that long ago in this country when blacks were thought to be inferior to whites and now we have black president. Something I honestly did not think I would see in this lifetime. Now I hope that in my life time gay marriage and equal rights for gays will be common practice in all 50 states, not just in three.

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