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Monday, June 18, 2007

The bigotry and hate behind the gay marriage debate (OP/ED)

Via Steverino and the Blog/Boston Now

"Hello world!
The bigotry and hate behind the gay marriage debate

I have read and watched with great interest the all too consuming gay marriage debate. As a heterosexual, married man I probably should not be concerned with gay marriage as it will not affect me in any way but yet I am affected by it and angered by the hate and the holier-than-though venom that spews from the mouths of those that oppose it.

There was a time in this country when others were treated as second class citizens because of their race, religion or color of their skin. This is no different. Those that oppose gay marriage and hide behind the so called teachings of their religion or the “right to vote” are simply denying themselves the fact that they are scared, narrow-minded and uneducated. Bigotry is all these things.

The newspaper this morning quoted a man as saying homosexuality leads to violence. Had this particular man ever traveled beyond his neighborhood, or possibly graduated from high school may actually realize that his opinion is ridiculous, insensitive and totally ignorant. It is not gay marriage that is the problem with America but the bigots, religious zealots, the narrow-minded and the uneducated that make America a sad place to live these days. These are the people that voted for our current president and have seen an unconstitutional war, a national debt climbing by the second and the separation of people from all walks of life in this country. These are the idiots that blame the liberals for our problems instead of looking in the mirror. It was Shakespeare who wrote: “The fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

Marriage is a civil right and it is never to be voted upon. If you don’t agree with this than move. There are countries in the world like Iran and North Korea will they will love you and your uneducated and backwards ideas. Perhaps after you do leave we liberals can start taking care of things that do matter like equality, fair housing, a fair wage and a right to be free and a freedom of choice."

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