Friday, September 16, 2005

Garden State Equality

Tonight, Dave and I enjoyed an evening in Montclair. I wandered my favorite bookstore and then we had dinner at one of my favorite Indian restaurants, Udupi Village. After dinner, on to our next destination--the Montclair State University Student Center. We attended a Town Meeting put on by a group called Garden State Equality . This group is a nonprofit and its made up of straights and gays alike. They are all about trying to get gays the right to marry in NJ. There were 437 people present at this meeting--it was an amazing turnout. The focus of the meeting was clergy--so many clergy from various faiths attended this meeting and spoke. Some were straight, some were gay, some had gay sons and/or daughters. But they all supported the equal rights of gays to get married. The stories were heartwrenching. It makes me so angry that in the year 2005, people honestly don't think gay people should be given equal rights. Give me a break. I get especially angry thinking about the stupid, ignorant people out there. Check out the website if you're interested. I am going to do what I can to help right this wrong. Sometimes, I feel that I cannot do enough. But tonight, I came across a great quote.

"The work of an individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward." ---Igor Sikorsky

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The event was inspiring, and the speakers and their stories were absolutely dynamic! It's a shame society still holds an affection for words such as "faggot." These so called faggots are hard-working, spiritual, intellectual Americans just like their straight counterparts.

Dave

Angela said...

Be careful. There is bigotry on both sides of the argument.

Do I think that gay behavior (not being -- behavior) is morally right? No. Would I treat a gay person I met any differently than I would a straight one? Not on your life! We all sin! It's true that some people consider some sins worse or more disgusting than others, but God makes very few distinctions.

The real issues are the legislation of morality (which I'm personally rather see-sawing about) and the right of the American people to decide that question by majority vote. It would do us all well to remember that. Dwelling on anger or buying into stereotypes about "the stupid ignorant people" will not solve anything.

If your political group is pushing for a vote, then I am 100% behind you, and I completely agree. But if you are for allowing a judge to rule gay marriage unconstitutional, then I have to ask you why you still live in this country. Such a solution does nothing but reduce our freedom and squash our rights. If the majority of Americans decide that gay people should be allowed to marry, then I am sad as a Christian, but still proud to be an American. When a panel of three judges tells me that they should be allowed to marry, I am sad as a Christian and I am ashamed for my country.

And not that I think Dave was saying this, but I would like to make it very clear that not all of us on the other side of the argument think in terms of "faggots". In fact, I have never heard anybody use that word in real life -- not even my southern-born grandfather, who obliviously calls Brazil nuts "nigger toes". Maybe it would be healthy to acknowledge the possiblity that your speakers were trying to be just a tiny bit inflammatory....

Marisa L.B. said...

What happened to the separation of church and state? We all deserve EQUAL rights in this country--whether you are gay or straight, black or white, male or female.

Anonymous said...

And do you think calling "gay behavior" sinning is morally right????? Please. You say you don't treat gay people "differently." But I think calling them "sinners" is treating them differently. This is the year 2005 and its time for people to get off their religious high horses and end the ignorance. Lets come together for the sake of equality. Isn't this America--land of the FREE? Equal rights????

Anonymous said...

And do you think calling "gay behavior" sinning is morally right????? Please. You say you don't treat gay people "differently." But I think calling them "sinners" is treating them differently. This is the year 2005 and its time for people to get off their religious high horses and end the ignorance. Lets come together for the sake of equality. Isn't this America--land of the FREE? Equal rights????