Like so-called ‘normal’ people

U-News Staff

Recently, I’ve realized that I am at the center of a battle. Articles are written about me, people are asked how they feel about me and some even say I might actually have the power to destroy the traditional family.

All this happens because I identify with three little letters. G-A-Y. I guess I should be flattered, but I’m not. Actually, I’m appalled.

With the recognition of gay marriage in New York, and the recent repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, gay is a hot topic.

And with Texas Gov. Rick Perry stepping into the presidential race, gay is becoming an election issue.

Opponents of gay marriage, who claim it will destroy traditional marriage and life as we know it, are perplexing.

Perhaps they forgot the nuclear family represents a mere 20-23 percent of families today, and traditional marriages are not so traditional anymore due to issues like high divorce rates. The LGBT community is not responsible for that in any way.

True, most LGBT people have never married to create families of their own, but that is obviously because most of them cannot do so legally.

See the catch-22 there? Anyway, I don’t see what the firestorm is all about.

Many LGBT can tell the same story. Being gay doesn’t obliterate the fact they’re decent human beings.

Most are still the same people they were growing up, with the same values and morals. Many have children of their own to whom they pass down their values.

Just like their heterosexual counterparts, they want to create loving homes, have stable jobs, spend time hanging with friends, watch movies and eat popcorn with their kids, play sports or grow a garden.

Many are lucky enough to fall in love along the way.

How is raising their children to respect and love and find value in all people such a dastardly thing?

How is that a threat to traditional values? And if an LGBT person did have someone that he or she might want to grow old with, raise kids with and marry for all eternity, where is the “perversion” in that?

In reality, those things greatly resemble “traditional” values.

Apparently Perry sees LGBT people as substandard human beings who should not be allowed to marry.

“Gay marriage is not fine with me,” Perry said to Tony Perkins of the ultra-right Family Research Council, which is monitored as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

He told Perkins that LGBT individuals should not receive protection under anti-gay hate crime laws, and if they don’t like it, they should just move to a more “lenient” state. It seems like we would be moving backwards if we let this guy run the country.

Perry also lambasted LGBT people in his 2008 book, “On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For,” equating homosexuality to alcoholism.

“Even if an alcoholic is powerless over alcohol once it enters his body, he still makes a choice to drink,” Perry wrote. “And, even if someone is attracted to a person of the same sex, he or she still makes a choice to engage in sexual activity with someone of the same gender.”

Generally, LGBT people wish they could just live their lives like all of the other so-called “normal” people.

The heart of the matter is that we are quite normal and have neither the desire nor the power to destroy the traditional family.

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