Ok, so I’ve argued for the last three days with various people in various places.
I’m kind of done arguing about it at this point (clearly I’m not as I’m still posting this).
People wonder why gays are depressed and drink heavily: straight people.
In the beginning, gays just wanted to be left alone (pre-Stonewall…see this link about what happened) to live our lives. Well straight people didn’t like that so they broke up our party and decided that beating & killing gays would be fun. You can see the list of high profile cases here…still a popular sport today across the country and globe. And that’s just the list that made wiki…gay bashing happens often enough to have it’s own term (when was the last time you heard of someone beating the living shit out of a 20-something for his religion in the US?).
So instead of laying down and taking it (that’s what s/he said) the homos began to fight back (see above Stonewall) and Harvey Milk pushed to make the gay voice heard in politics. (He ended up getting himself killed by a guy who created the twinkie defense - the murderer getting manslaughter). And so we continued to fight.
…lots of history that I’m too lazy to fill you in on but suffice it to say gay rights got trampled by people who said gays were evil for no particularly good reason…
Which is where we get to today. Chick-fil-a has for years sent money to anti-gay organizations. You can read more about that from the NoH8 Campaign here. Some of the highlights of the groups funded include such distinctions as being labeled hate groups (by SPLC), practitioners of “ex-gay” therapy (can we say false science), and groups that claim homos are coming for your children (sorry that spot belongs to the Catholic church). (Yes I’m being inflammatory…I’m gay I flame up from time to time.)
I have not eaten at a Chick-fil-a due to their policies on donations from profits in at least a year (and you can check my FB & twitter…I didn’t make a ruckus about it). This is not a new revelation. They donate to the groups they believe will protect them from the threat of gay marriage & the destrution of families (don’t know about you, but it’s tough to decide who should be more frightened: gays from a history of violence & anti-gay legislation (sodomy laws) perpetuated by straights/Christians who regularly disown their children or the CEO of Chick-fil-a and his supporters who have government recognition of their marriages & a gay boycott. Yup, the ones who should be frightened is tough to figure out.).
I read in an article about long Chick-fil-a lines showing support for anti-marriage equality and read this: “I am tired of people trying to force their beliefs on me.” Sweet – me too!
Oh, wait – you mean the “crazy liberals & their let people live their lives” beliefs. So just to check: when was the last time a law was passed barring you from getting married to the love of your life? Oh, right…that’s just laws (Indiana and Federally) that good God fearing folk pass to control the heathen people who aren’t like them.
Yes, there are straight people who are nice & who are supporters. Yes, there are Christians who aren’t evil douchebags. Yes, Roseanne Barr is a crazy bitch that’s high on weed so, no, she’s not a spokesperson for anyone. No, this is not an attack on free speech. No, it’s not an attack on Christianity. Yes, I do think my constitutional rights are being trampled on because people think their religion should get to determine what’s legal. Yes, I will continue to push my sexuality in your face so long as you keep pushing your sexuality/religion in mine. Yes, I love my Mom and my Dad (I was raised by a 2 parent traditional family unit). Yes, I want to have a legally protected family (husband & a kid…maybe 2). No, I don’t want to get married in your church – you won’t let me drink so why would I set foot in there? Yes, I’ve taken liberties with the English language in grammar & spelling but have you heard me speak? Ok, now when you hear me saying that make me sound a little less gay. Yeah, I can’t do it either. *snap*
Remember that the first Amendment does multiple things: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
You can’t ask me to respect your freedom of speech unless you are going to respect that you can’t make laws enforcing your religious views on me.