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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Victory In New Jersey For Same-Sex Couples

I must say that it's about time someone stood up and said that gay people should have the same rights as heterosexual people. Sadly, it took a court of law to say such a thing.

In its ruling today, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that the state's constitution gives gay and lesbian couples all the rights of married heterosexual couples.

I'm sure it's making Christian conservative, Bible-thumping, right-wing whack jobs piss their pants out of sheer anger at the thought that GAY people have the same rights as non-gay people. Oh, the horror!! God forbid a gay person has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. God forbid they decide to pursue a life that makes them happy. God forbid they find love with someone and want to marry that person like any heterosexual person does. God forbid they have that right!!

Victory today!! Tomorrow we'll go back to the same bigoted attitude that we had before this ruling. We'll go back to discriminating against people based solely on their sexual orientation. We'll tell them that they're second class citizens. We'll treat them like second class citizens. And we'll all go to sleep at night happy as larks for having done so. The only problem is, many of us won't. Many of us won't stop until everyone is treated with the same respect and dignity that they deserve. Many of us won't stop until everyone is given the same rights. Many of us won't stop until discrimination is no longer a word in America's vocabulary. Many of us won't stop because we believe in equality, regardless of your sexual orientation. Many of us don't believe in being a bigot!!

So, today in New Jersey, the voice of fairness was heard. The right voice was louder than the wrong voice. Equality trounced bigotry. But only for today. There's still a major fight out there. I, for one, will be standing with the gay community in solidarity with them until everyone in this country has equal rights. I, for one, will be standing with the gay community in solidarity with them until the barrier between gay and straight people no longer exists. I, for one, will marry if I so choose when and only when gay people everywhere in America are afforded the same right as I'm guaranteed. I will not bow to bigotry and hatred. I will not bow to ignorance. Anything less than EQUALITY is unacceptable.


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