I realized I am Gay at about the age of 12. I’m 63. So that means for the last 51 years I have awakened everyday to a world and a country that has blatantly discriminated against me because it believes it’s heterosexual! Because it believes heterosexuality to be superior! Every single day of my adult life I have had multiple experiences that have demeaned me, either psychologically or physically. I am forced to wear that abuse because it has penetrated right down to the molecular level of my being! Even as a conscious critical thinking human being, I am unable to escape the effect that prejudice and hatred has on personal self-esteem. When I understand that the core of the prejudice against me has grown out of religious inspired intolerance of “difference,” I realize, all too well what I am up against.
Now we must wait for the bigots to decide if they will appeal the decision of the 9th Circuit. We do not wait because they think they have legal standing! We wait because in their hateful hearts they know they can use the system to abuse us a little longer. We wait because they are allowed to falsely carry the banner of Christianity, because too many loving Christians remain silent, afraid to criticize “their own.”
Others will counsel me to be patient, but I have run out of patience! They should be the ones who have to wait. Marriages should be resumed today! But that’s not how it works. Because in this country that was founded by people who came across an ocean to escape religious persecution, religion is so intertwined throughout every aspect of our culture, it is like a snake choking off our freedom and our self-determination. We are expected to tiptoe around in the slimy notion that anyone who claims to believe in God can rise against anyone else they disagree with without consequence!
And there grows the silence of so many who refuse to call a bigot a bigot, to call hatred, hatred. And so we continue to suffer from the inaction of those who sit on the fence to protect their asses, just in case God really is as hateful and vengeful as many of those who claim to follow him!