I know that my posts never get this controversial but I feel compelled to write a post on behalf of my friends and anyone else who is struggling with their own crisis in the LGBT community.
So here are my personal opinions and thoughts on the issues of marriage equality for everyone, regardless of sexuality.
Though I am not super religious, I’d like to note that growing up as a member of the Sikh religion and attending Sikh camps every summer, the one thing that has always been consistently embedded into my heart and soul has been the basis for equality – between men and women, between religions (no religion is better than another), between races, between socioeconomic classes. And now, as we progress as an ever-evolving society/world, I don’t see why it should be any different for sexuality.
Even without this “religious” foundation, I look to my friends who are a part of the LGBT community and as someone who loves love as much as I do (my friends know), how could I ever deny a human being the right to share in the sanctity of marriage with another human being just because of sexuality? I can’t. I believe that a commitment one person makes to another person is one of the most wonderful, beautiful, heart-pumping bonds that this world has to offer. It’s only fair that every person who WANTS to make this commitment, under law and with the right to the 1,100 federal benefits to marriage, has the right to do so.
Faith is a personal choice, a personal journey, a personal relationship. I respect it. But I believe that we, human beings, have to evolve in our perspectives and choices about laws and rights the same way we evolve with technology. If you don’t keep up, whether you like it or not, you will be left behind. And the truth of the matter is that approximately 9,000,000 Americans identify as LGBT.
“This isn’t an urban thing, this isn’t a psychological thing, this is life.“
With that said, I’d like to end by giving a piece of my heart to those individuals who are struggling with their sexuality, who are struggling with accepting their own sexuality, and those who are struggling with the non-acceptance from loved ones because of their sexuality. You are not alone.
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