I am a big believer in equal rights for all Americans. I never thought that this was such a foreign concept. I have friends that are gay and I have friends that are straight. Frankly, their sexual orientation makes absolutely no difference to me. What matters to me is this: are they nice, moral, funny and kind? I teach my kids not to judge others by the color of their skin or any labels of any kind. "Get to know them," I say. It's too bad that most of America doesn't feel the same way and frankly, I'm appalled.
Take a look at this infographic. It really helps to understand the situation we are in, when we see it laid out in front of us. 55.4% of Americans do not believe in same sex marriage. But more than that, people believe that by Obama supporting gay marriage, he is hurting his potential for a second term. Furthermore, Romney's actually giving himself a leg up right now to the tune of 51.5% by not supporting same sex marriage.
What is wrong with us? Stop judging. How can we raise the next generation of children with open minds when we are so darn close-minded? Who really cares? There is nothing easy about marriage. Every day is a balancing act between partners, and it requires a great deal of give and take. Who are we to say that someone is not deserving of this powerful (albeit ridiculously difficult) union?
That's like telling my child not to walk through rain puddles because I don't like to get wet. Let your child get wet, let him splash around and stop worrying. You know why? The kids are alright. It's you that needs to change.
One of my proudest moments was when a good friend, Eric, posted Facebook pictures of his best friends finally getting legally married after years of partnership. You could just feel the glee coming through his posts. Eric, I love you and I don't see what being gay has to do with it. Wake up, America. It's time.
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