We are all created equal. It says so in the Bible. We are all created in God’s image and we all came from Adam and Eve. Right? Then why is it that there is so much racist and anti-semitism in the world? Because we are taught to fear and hate. Can it really be that simple? Maybe. It is certainly an ongoing debate, but a piece of that debate was won when the Supreme Court ruled that Same-Sex Marriage was a nationwide right guaranteed by the Constitution.
Marriage By Any Other Name
Marriage is two people that agree to put up with each other through better or worse. They agree to disagree and fight it out. They agree to laugh and cry. They agree to be each others touchstone and shoulder. They are two people who enter into a state of blending lives, personalities, homes, belongings, families, emotions and everything else into one single unit while still maintaining themselves as an individual. They are just two people who love each other and want to spend their lives together and share in everything that life has to offer, both good and bad. And what that couple looks like shouldn’t and FINALLY doesn’t matter.
We Are All Created Equal
Every person on this planet deserves the same rights. Blacks should never have to sit at the back of the bus and Jews should never have to wear the Star of David as a badge and same sex couples should be able to get married. Why is it that America and the world is filled with such hate, distrust and dislike? Why is it that we are so averse and AFRAID of things we might not understand? The truth is, the same sex couple is the same as the black and white couple and the Jewish couple that live down the street. What’s the difference between them, other than how they look?
Each couple works every day. Each couple makes dinner at night. Each couple buys groceries and puts gas in their cars. They might argue about finances or work out on the weekends. Over holidays they might go on vacation or have family over to celebrate. Each couple has rituals that they follow in their daily routines. And, each couple puts on their pants, one leg at a time.
We are all created equal.
What Was Gained
But, there was something gained for those that are and want Same-Sex Marriage; and this is a huge victory. Because even though when one spouse dies, the remaining spouse will not mourn any less or feel any less alone and lost, now when a spouse in a Same-Sex Marriage passes away, that will will be valid and legal. There will be life insurance to take care of the remaining spouse, and all the LEGAL rights that every couple that has ever gotten married and have always gotten from the beginning of time will be given to these couples too.
The truth is, these couples should have always gotten these rights all along. But, as we pointed out, the fear and hate factor gets in the way of rational thought.
Dispelling the Fear and Hate Factor
We can combat that fear factor. It all starts at home. Think back to when you were growing up and what you heard from your parents and grandparents about same sex couples. Were the terms derogatory? Were there gay jokes and mean things said? And, as we learn more and more, we learn to dispel that fear and we educate ourselves, but we also have to teach our children. We have to teach our kids to not fear the unknown when it comes to ANYTHING that is different from them. It can be same-sex marriage or someone who is in a wheelchair or someone who is a mixed-race couple.
J-Vibe Online Magazine is challenging all of you in our community to put an end to the fear and hate factor.
#AtTheEndofTheDay we are all created equal.