Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; -I Corinthians 13:4-8
Laura and I had a date night a couple of weeks back. We ate at an expensive restaurant. The food was poor, the company was sublime. When you have children, especially little children, it is important for you and your partner to dedicate time to each other. You can grow apart if you don’t rekindle the flame that first brought you together. It could be the way her eyes glint. It could be the way his dimple exaggerates his smile. It could be her supple curves. It could be his defined wit. What ever the spark, harness the flame.
We finished our disappointing meal and headed to a comfortable place where the wine flows like water. We had the radio on. I always have the radio on. I love music. We were listening to X 103. It’s Indianapolis’ alternative stations. It pales in comparison to Q 101 or O Rock. It rarely plays new music. However, as we were pulling up to the Mill a new song came on.
The piano caught my attention right away. The words caught Laura’s attention right away. We pulled into the parking spot as soon as the chorus started. I put the car in park. We sat and listened. I did not turn the car off. We sat for the next three minutes silent. Listening to every word. Listening to every key stroke.
We went into the Mill taken aback. I looked into my partner’s eyes and saw the glint. I could see the passion in her eyes. She could see the lights of inspiration through my eyes. We sat at the table and drank our beer discussing the song and listening to not bad karaoke. It was time for us to leave and we went home to the basement. I plugged the iPad into the sound system and quickly youtubed “Same Love.” We listened to it. And then we listened to it again. And then we listened to it again.
We thought, how did such a polarizing song make it to the airwaves in this neo-conservative region. A region that doesn’t allow for acceptance. But acceptance of what? What do we have to accept? Why are we speaking of gay people as they need to be accepted? Why do they need to be accepted? They are fucking human beings.
Our country has had a problem with cohabitation since its inception. And there in lies the overabundance of hypocrisy. People came to this country seeking solace for thinking differently. And then they saw Someone different from them, so they persecuted them. The next wave of People came seeking solace for thinking differently. And then they saw Someone different from them, so they persecuted them. Then People seeking solace, in the name of the lord, began to “own” People that were different from them. They persecuted them. A Person “freed” the People that were owned, but People thought these People were still not People so they persecuted them.
It is now 2013. Most People cohabitate in this country. We have come a great distance from the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s. Laura and I discussed a new Civil Rights movement. We feel it is time that People that are gay are finally thought of as People. We want equality for all men and women. All equality. Regardless of sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, belief system, breast size, genitalia size, shoe size, eye color, hair color, language, skill set, IQ, pet ownership, eating habits, music taste, favorite book, favorite movie, dominant hand, hair length, favorite sports team, athletic ability, so on and so forth.
The only thing that matters to all People is the color red. Red is the color of our blood. It’s the color of life. A life that we are all lucky to share. A life that brings us all together no matter what our background story is. A life that should make you cry and be ashamed for Anyone that persecutes Anyone for any reason. Kids should not be killing themselves because a couple of other kids called them a Faggot.
It breaks our hearts. We have had the fortune to know many gay people in our lives. We have known partners that have been together for years. I have also known many heterosexuals in my life. I have known hetero couples that have been together for a long time. Some of them are very happy. Some of them are completely miserable. Why is there a distinction as to who can be happy and miserable? Why are there no protections for a gay couple that has been together for 50 years, but a hetero couple that only stay together for eight years gets.
It doesn’t make sense. We fear what we do not know and what we do not understand. Why the willingness to not understand. Most people would hide behind the bible. It’s a bullshit excuse. If you are a true believer in Christ, then you cannot hate. You cannot judge. You cannot hide behind bigotry. He teaches us to love thine enemies. Love thy neighbor. Love. Love. Love. That is what we ask of you. Love.
True love cannot be found where it does not truly exist, nor can it be hidden where it truly does. – Francois de la
Love never fails. I believe it is time to embrace love and embrace your neighbor. This is about a Person’s right to exist. Let’s become aware of what it is to be gay. It’s not a choice. It’s not a disability. Let’s all be in this together. We are People. We all bleed the same blood. Stop the hate.
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