They’re going to get married. In every single state. Just like heterosexuals, and just like blacks. Eventually, they’re going to be treated how they deserve to be treated – as equal citizens of the United States of America.
Of course, there is one condition. But more on that later.
I’m sure you’re thinking, how can I come to this conclusion? How can I be so optimistic? So idealistic? How is it possible when kids are being bullied every day just for being gay, and when well under half of the states in the US still deny gays the right to marry?
Because it all comes down to this: time. As time passes, things change. People change. Cultures change. Societies change. Change in itself, is, well, inevitable.
The evidence to support this claim is extensive. When examining gays themselves, it is clear that they have made tremendous strides in the past few decades – an example includes the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Statistics show that acceptance of gays is on the rise, especially among Millennial youth. More and more people are starting to see through the slippery slope fallacy and realize how illogical it is to treat gays as second class citizens for no reason other than their sexuality. Countless arguments based on crazy concepts or religion have been discredited for either being nonsensical or irrelevant – after all, church and state should be considered separate, should they not?
The Fourteenth Amendment of the United States passed in 1868 states that because blacks can be considered citizens, they thus deserve the right to life, liberty and happiness – however, they never really obtained the right to these things until about 100 years later. I never said that gays would acquire equality easily or quickly – only eventually. Like my history teacher said, after the Civil War, blacks weren’t going to get their rights right away. Rather, they would have to wait until a couple of generations died out and the younger, more educated and accepting people took their places.
It is almost painfully obvious that gays deserve their rights and that they will get them – but it is truly painful to see how many people stand by and do nothing about it, and that consequently we will have to wait for possibly hundreds and hundreds of years for homosexuality to be tolerated as it should be. I don’t have any statistics to back what I’m going to say next, but it is my belief that too many individuals are simply indifferent toward gays as opposed to actually supporting them.
Don’t get me wrong, indifference is much better than intolerance. However, this brings me to my one condition as to whether or not gays will ever get their rights: as long as people actively participate in the movement – the movement of gay rights – then one day, everything will work out and gays will be able to get married and adopt kids and do whatever a heterosexual couple can do. The time it takes for that to be accomplished directly correlates with the amount of people contributing to supporting gays – be it by spreading the word among friends and family members, attempting to educate people through lecturing, writing, etc., or simply standing up for someone who is being taunted because of their sexuality.
(words cannot express how much I love this video, and Zach Wahls’s speech)
Overall, this post serves as my stand on gays and gay rights. The time will come when high school students, like me, read in their textbooks about how gays were treated differently by others – separately but equally, if you will – and wonder why the ignorant people within our time period could have failed to treat their fellow human beings with tolerance as opposed to hate. Do you want to be remembered as one of those people? Or do you want to be remembered as someone who ascended above the narrow-mindedness of their time? Someone who, despite all odds, helped one of the most important and inevitable movements of their time succeed?
Thoughts? This post was inspired by the myriad of gay rights pages and videos I’ve been viewing lately – if you follow me on Twitter, you can tell that I’ve really been waving the rainbow flag lately. I hope you are too, and I hope you’re having a nice day as well! Till next time.