Homophobia reaches out its ugly tendrils and burrows itself insidiously into our every day lives in so many ways, but let's look at marriage equality first, and the positive benefits of allowing same sex marriage. Besides the obvious.
So what happens when you admit that love is love is love and you allow same sex relationships to become legal? Well, think about it. You've just opened up a whole level of business opportunity for a lot of people! Wedding planners, caterers, rental halls, just to name a few. Wedding boutiques. What do you bring to a wedding? A gift, of course. There alone lies unlimited opportunity. Bring in the prospective couple and let them register for their choice of booty! People who attend weddings often buy new clothes too. Sometimes they need babysitters to watch their children while they attend the happy event. More employment. And let's not forget, the happy couple needs a place to go, so now we've included the travel industry, hotels and resorts!
Point number two - when the opponents of gay marriage have nothing to fight against, all the money they're currently spending on hate-mongering can go to more worthwhile causes - feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, protecting battered women and children, educating the children. Projects of love, and hope, not hate.
So, what else happens? Well, children can be allowed to read books about families with two fathers or two mothers without people getting their dander up. It'll be no different than reading about children with other types of families - in this day and age, there is no norm. Families are torn apart and reconstructed on a daily basis. Children are raised with step-parents, or foster parents. But what is the common ingredient? That they be raised with love. Period.
There are still people out there who don't approve of mixed marriages of any kind. Does that mean they shouldn't happen? Of course not.
How can you look at these happy faces and not realize that they are loved? And isn't that the point? I'll leave you with the words of Toulouse Lautrec, in Moulin Rouge: The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to just to love and be loved in return.
Love. That's what it's all about, folks. Love everybody, and let them love who they want.
Thank you, and God bless.
Until next time, take care!
PS Tomorrow, I'll announce the winner of my contest, as well as the It Started With a Dare contest. Thanks for your patience!