Hi there. I’m still here.
I’ve been away for two weeks in the Pacific Northwest to visit and help out my Tita and, gosh, lots have changed. LOTS. In fact, for those of you who have been living under a rock, perhaps without any connection to the Internet or to world news on print or on television, last June 26, the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) declared the legality of same sex marriages across ALL states of the country.
People have rejoiced, most especially the affected LGBT community, their supportive families and friends in the US and beyond. On the other hand, other people have raised their pitchforks on the passing of this “abomination” with heated statements over social media and the rest of the Internets.
Okay, I am not directly affected by this. I am not Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual nor Transgender. And though I live in the US, I do not hold a blue passport. But I do have family and friends who are LGBT.
I feel for them.
First of all, this ruling is of the United States. Though this super power’s ruling makes an impact on a global scale, it directly affects only its residents and, more so, its citizens. Maybe your country of residence share similar laws or maybe it doesn’t.
Second, this is a legal matter, not a religious one. I am thankful that I actually live in a country where matters of the State and of Churches (Yes, there are a number including Islam, Judaism, a plethora of Christian denominations and many more) are completely separate. As LGBT, you can marry the love of your life in court AND, more importantly, enjoy the legal rights and benefits normal heterosexual married couples do in the aspects of child rearing, social security, immigration, taxes and more. One may not be married, even more so, recognized as married in one’s respective place of worship, but, at the very least, the State recognizes and awards them with these important benefits that impact the lives of these families.
Lastly, speaking of families, the LGBTQ community is comprised of human beings. Human beings who are sons and daughters. Human beings who are fathers and mothers. Human beings who hurt. Human beings who deserve to love and be loved. Hence, #LoveWins
How can people forget that LGBTs that they’ve spat on, cursed, poke fun at are human beings too?
Imagine if one were your son or (replace with family member label here). Would you disown him, curse him, un-love him because of his “sin”? Would you disown him, curse him, un-love him because he chose to love him not her?
Can you say to his face that “Son, you do not deserve to love that way that I do because it is against what God had intended.” without batting an eyelash, shedding a tear nor tremble in your voice? Can you not feel the heaviness in your chest after dropping those words to a loved one? Does it feel right?
Is loving someone now an abomination of humanity like murder or terrorism that they are not entitled to receive the right to love and start a family? Why are they being persecuted for LOVE? And when has religion been about hate and spite and judgment?
Isn’t it time to transform religious tolerance into wholehearted acceptance and LOVE?
Congratulations to all LGBT families across the US! Not only did #LoveWin, but, in the end, humanity did.