Hypocrites in the Mist

Dear African-American woman I saw in traffic this morning:

I am so happy that you no longer have to sit in the balcony at the movie theater, sit in the back of the bus, use a different restroom in public buildings, drink from a different drinking fountain, face restrictive covenants when purchasing real estate, pay a poll tax to vote, or be restricted from eating at any number of chain restaurants. Congratulations on being given the rights to fully participate in what it is to be an American.

Unfortunately, you believe that once your civil rights were granted, the door closed behind you. That’s the only thing I can possibly see as your core belief. After all, you had a, “Marriage = 1 man + 1 woman” bumper sticker on your car. You just don’t get it; the marriage debate is about granting two individuals the contractual right to determine who makes certain decisions or what applies on division of property, etc. in a civil context.

I’ll be the first one to stand up and march along side you if the courts say churches must marry two people of the same gender. That would be an intrusion into what I consider a private club, and therefore churches shouldn’t have to do it. What you and your friends don’t understand is that the laws, as currently written, discriminate in the civil process and deny people like myself due process. We don’t want your church to marry us, we only want to be able to define our relationships and determine who is to care for us or receive our earthly possessions when we no longer require their use.

It’s people like you that make me think the gay community has it all wrong. Perhaps we shouldn’t be fighting to get married; instead we should be fighting to bring back every Jim Crow law there was. We should be working to overturn Brown vs. the Board of Education. Let’s throw in the repeal of Section 1 of the 14th amendment of the US Constitution while we’re at it. After all, if the gay community can’t have the protection of due process, why should anyone else? Oh that’s right; we’re not human, just like your people were not human in the 19th and earlier centuries.

Thanks for showing me that everyone, regardless of the past history of their community, has to have someone to hate.




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