I typically handle dissenting and differing opinons of others really well. After all, if we all felt the same way on every issue, the world would be a really boring place. But I guess there’s only so much I can take. The whole Chick-fil-A thing yesterday on Facebook went pretty well, everything I saw was pretty civil, even if it was fairly disheartening to see that many people flocking to one place united in their opinion that LGBT people don’t deserve full rights and are therefore second-class citizens.
But today there was nothing but a string of posts about how “I love everyone, but I believe in ‘traditional marriage,’ too.” All from people I grew up with and have known since I was practically a baby. I just don’t get how these people, most of them minorities themselves, can rationalize discrimination! I understand that LGBT civil rights isn’t exactly the same as racial civil rights. After all, LGBT people can sometimes hide or mask who we are. Not that we should have to, but it’s a possibility, whereas you can’t hide your skin color. But it’s not that far removed.
It was just so depressing to see how many people that I thought were friends say and “Like” posts about how Chick-fil-A had it right. Now, I do think that these people are welcome to their opinion and I would be the first in line to support their right to say that marriage equality is wrong or what have you, but the fact that it means that my rights are infringed upon is where I have to draw the line. I don’t understand how the court system even has to think about the fact that this is pure discrimination. Racial discrimination is against the law, but that doesn’t stop racists from existing! It’s the same thing!
I know that change doesn’t happen overnight, but I’m just so tired of fighting. It’s exhausting and, as much change and progress has been made, there’s so much further to go that I can’t help but wonder if I’ll ever see the finish line.