“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
These words lead off the second paragraph of our nations Declaration of Independence. It’s the finalization of these words on July 4th, 1776 that we celebrate in the United States of America on a day known as Independence Day.
It’s a day to be celebrated by every American – not just the rich ones, or the white ones, or the Christian ones, or the heterosexual ones; it’s a day for every American.
I’m not sure that Thomas Jefferson could have possibly imagined that his words would still be a rallying cry to so many in the year 2012, when these unalienable rights he wrote so passionately of 236 years ago are still being debated by the government, as to who deserves them.
Unalienable Rights are defined as rights that cannot be surrendered, sold, or transferred to someone else. These unalienable rights have also been called natural rights and God-given rights. Whatever you call them, the point is; they cannot be taken away from you simply because someone doesn’t like the color of your skin, the god you chose to worship, the person you chose to sleep with, or any other myriad of reasons that might come into the mind of the people with the money and the power.
As Gay Americans we have the unalienable right to love whomever we choose, but… we don’t always have the civil rights to marry that person. Marriage is a Civil Right and Civil Rights are granted by the States, not by your Creator! Your Creator wants you to love whomever you choose – but wait – this Christian God hates the Gays – so all of our churches are going to give millions of dollars to swing an election and we won’t let you get married. How stupid does that sound to you? It’s silly and ignorant. We all have one Creator or we don’t, and the laws apply to everyone or they shouldn’t apply to anyone. You can’t put a governmental regulation on love. Civil Rights are where politics, religion, money, discrimination, homophobia, and all sorts of mean, nasty, ignorant human conditions raise their ugly heads, and should have nothing to do with life, liberty and happiness.
Know on this July 4th,2012, that you have as much of a right to a life of love, and liberty and happiness as everyone else in these United States of America. Thomas Jefferson wanted you to have it and no matter what any politician or priest or minister or parent or anyone in your life may tell you – You deserve it – and it’s your right as an American citizen.
“…We hold these truths to be self-evident…”