Thursday, February 24, 2011

Love is Simple

Love is simple. Yes, it may get complicated by other things, but love itself is so simple. It is nothing more than just caring so much for a person that you want them to be there in your life for the good and for the bad times. Hopefully, for more good times than bad. Every human being on the face of this Earth deserves the right to be loved and to love others no matter gender, race, religion, economic status, or any other label people may find themselves boxed in by.

Unfortunately, love is under attack. All over the world, there are laws in place against queer love. I’m sure Uganda popped up in your mind with their notorious Kill the Gays Bill but what about America? We’re the land of the free, right? So everyone should be able to pursue happiness anyway they see fit as long as they are not harming others, but this isn’t so. There are several laws all over the different states banning same-sex marriage. In 1996 the federal bill, Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), was signed into law by President Clinton barring the federal government from recognizing any same sex marriage and allowed the states to do the same. This atrocious law is still on the books. The good news is earlier this week President Obama’s administration will no longer defend DOMA due to its unconstitutionality. Go Obama! If congress would like to defend DOMA, they will have to hire their own lawyers because the justice department will no longer defend it. I think this is a great step towards finally having same-sex marriage but my question is this, why did this unconstitutional, discriminating law stand for over 15 years in America? It’s horrendous that America’s tag line is the land of the free but we unfairly treat our citizens. This is the land of the free, it’s time we start acting like it.

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