Coming out

I am a duly registered, fully vetted, card-carrying Republican.

Yeah, I know… I hide the horns and pointy tail well.

In the same way I identify myself as Christian and still dismiss many of the hypocritical attitudes of some who adhere to organized religious practices, I also reject many of the planks of my chosen political party platform.

When asked, I tell people I am fiscally Republican, but socially Moderate, in the same way that I say I am more spiritual than religious.

I explained all that to set up this revelation:

I am a Republican, AND I believe in marriage equality.

To me, it is intrinsically wrong that an entire community of the American population is refused the fundamental right to marry the people they love, and have ALL the benefits inherent to that right – adoption, health/life insurance, medical decisions, family leave, Social Security, anything and everything I, as a spouse, am afforded.

It’s unconscionable that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are disenfranchised based solely on religious social mores. If there truly is separation of church and state, this should not be a legal issue.

During my lifetime, there were still states that outlawed marriage between different races. In 1967, when the unanimous Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia reversed raced-based restrictions on marriages, 16 states still had similar enforceable laws on the books.

In the original court case, where Richard and Mildred Loving were convicted on multiple charges related to their bi-racial marriage, the presiding judge, also basing his decision on religious grounds, wrote:

“Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix.”

Such a ruling today would be renounced as the bigoted hate speech it truly was.

In overturning these marriage laws, the Supreme Court cited the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause:

“(the 14th Amendment)… requires that the freedom of choice to marry not be restricted by invidious racial discrimination. Under our Constitution, the freedom to marry, or not marry, a person of another race resides with the individual and cannot be infringed by the State.”

I don’t believe people choose their sexuality any more than they choose the color of their skin. Denying marriage rights simply because of sexual orientation, should be just as unconstitutional as banning these rights because of race.

Today is National Coming Out Day. I am coming out as a straight ally in support of LGBT rights.

*Day 27 – 30 Days of Shamelessness: express a dissenting opinion

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17 thoughts on “Coming out

  1. I applaud your stand on marriage equality. It is something I agree with very strongly. It is something I will write about and fight for until everyone has the right to marry the one they love.

    As for it being a legal issue, it is. Marriage is a legal issue. The church shouldn’t have any say in the matter, because it is a legally sanctioned union. The state issues the marriage license, not the church. Anyone can become ordained, just look online, fill out the app, pay the fee, bingo bango ordained. Captains of ships, judges, can officiate over a marriage ceremony. And because marriage is not a religious issue at all, it therefore is a legal issue, and the state gets to decide.

    Having said that, go look at how much influence the church has on politics and the way they have influenced the politicians on this issue, and then try to say “separation of church and state” with a straight face.

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  2. i LOVE this post. i knew that we shared a lot of the same views but i cannot believe you are a republican! 😛 you know how i feel about gay marriage- obviously i support it 100% as my best friend and her partner just finally tied the knot here in indiana (as a ceremony of commitment) and in iowa for the legality of it as well. someday, i hope indiana will recognize it but.. if not, i know they are happy.

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  3. Thanks for standing up for equal rights for all. Somehow, though, I can’t wrap my head around the image of you and Michelle Bachmann in the same zip code on anything. 🙂

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