I would like to express my opinion on the current gay marriage debate. Several leading journalists, broadcasters and others have written and spoken about the evils of homosexual marriage and how it demonstrates the declining morals of our society and the falling away from our Christian heritage. Some even go so far to state that a gay agenda is under way to destroy states' rights, brainwash our children and undermine our Christian values.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Some homosexuals are very militant and come across too strong even for my liberal viewpoint, but the majority just want to have the same rights as heterosexual couples.
I grew up in a very fundamentalist environment. Anyone who even appeared gay was picked on and made fun of. In college, I made friends with several individuals who were gay, and it opened my eyes. They were just like me, except for their sexual orientation. They wanted the same things out of life that I wanted, such as a long-term relationship with a loving partner, a good job with benefits, a strong desire to fit in and belong. We had to keep their sexual orientation a secret due to the college's policy of not allowing openly gay lifestyles. I watched as some of them tried to be something they were not born to be. I watched as they felt alienated and ashamed for being what they were.