Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Miss California controversy & LGBT rights

Ok...so over at Oh No! You Did Not Just Say That, they asked our feelings on the Miss California Controversy. I just wanted to post my response here as well.

The original blog post is here along with their responses.

Recently Miss California was asked during the Miss USA pageant how she felt about Gay Marriage. Her answer was that she was not in support of Gay Marriage, she believes in traditional marriage.


Stacey said...

OK...this will be much easier not being limited to 140 characters. LOL. It's gonna be long, so get comfy. LOL

While I believe that everyone has the right to their own opinion and belief system, I also believe that people should be educated on both sides of what they believe.

I think that people who use the Bible as the be-all and end-all of their belief system are ignorant in the ways of the world. They hide behind this book (that was written by males, monks, 200 years after Christ's death) so they don't have to educate themselves on anything. This creates bigotry and bias regarding evolution, the gay community, racism, and even religious bigotry.

That being said, these people, and churches, have NO right in deciding what's law. There is supposed to be separation of church and state for a reason. This country was founded by people fleeing from religious persecution, so the separation of church and state was implemented, but the LGBT community and its supporters are being persecuted right now by people throwing bible quotes at us. I agree that they have a right to keep me out of their church and their personal lives, but they have no right invading my court houses and dictating to me from that arena.

Now. As far as the Perez Hilton/Miss California issue - Perez Hilton asked a loaded question that doesn't belong in a beauty contest. Honestly, no one cares what these bimbos think or say, they're just there to look pretty, but to ask such a loaded, volatile question was unfair. She voiced her opinion, however narrow minded and bigoted it may be, and she had every right to answer the way she did. Perez was looking for controversy and he got it.

As far as someone saying that while they support equality, this isn't their fight to fight, I have to say you're wrong! The fight for equal rights, whatever they may be, is everyone's fight. What if your child grows up to be gay? How are you going to tell them that you didn't stand up for something that could have benefited them? What if your sister or brother came out of the closet suddenly, is it still not your fight?

For the LGBT community to gain total and complete equal rights, 11 year olds will stop hanging themselves because they were bullied in school. LGBT rights and acceptance will be a part of everyday life and we will be accepted as part of every community.

People need to be educated. We are not pedophiles. We're not deviants. We're not sociopaths. We don't have a mental illness that caused our gayness. We didn't choose this. Did you choose to be straight?

Love is love. Bottom line. God made us all the way He thought we should be - gay, straight, black, white, short, tall, fat, skinny.

While not every person in the world, or even this country, will accept and love someone for being gay, there will be a tolerance. Look at how far the Black community has come in their fight for equality. Yes, there are still racists out there, but for the majority, Blacks (sorry, I'm not very PC, but unless we call white people European-Americans, I'm not calling them African-Americans) are accepted and loved as equals.

For now, it is what it is, and the fight will continue. But it's up to all of us to make it happen.
May 5, 2009 3:09 PM

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