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Found this earlier. It’s the source of the quote going around where Mitt Romney says “I didn’t you know had families” about LGBTQ people. I wanted to comment on the quote, but I feel like large walls of texts don’t look good with small quotes, so I’m putting it here.
I’m sure the source is pretty biased, so just to be fair, I’m not going to talk about it in terms of Romney specifically, just about people on a whole who are homophobic.
As ridiculous as this sounds, I find that a lot of people who are against gay marriage and/or gay rights think this way. They only see it as “sinful sex.” They don’t realize that being gay, or any other sexuality, doesn’t define a person. They think that there’s some weird exception where the type of sex a non-straight person has completely defines that person’s life, but this doesn’t apply to heterosexual people. They don’t realize that in so many ways, LGBTQ* are just like everyone else. Yes, they have families! Crazy, I know. They also have friends, teachers, mentors, bosses (though this may be less likely since in many states it’s perfectly legal to fire someone based on their sexuality) and kids (also less likely, since it’s often legal to deny someone the right to adopt/keep a child based on their sexuality). They lead similar lives. They do groceries and pay their bills and taxes. Just because someone isn’t heterosexual doesn’t make him/her any less of a person! People against equal marriage rights don’t realize that your sexuality is not a lifestyle. It’s not a choice. It’s not even a big deal! Well it is, but it doesn’t have to be, and it wouldn’t be if everyone were allowed equal rights. It’s such a nit-picky thing to hate on someone for. It’s just that it’s been ingrained into the homophobic, usually also very religious, people (usually because of the religion) that non-heterosexual sex is a sin or it’s just icky, that non-heterosexuals are abominations or gross or whatever, and it’s your duty as a good religious follower to do something about that. Heck, most of the time they don’t even bother to read the Bible or to find any context in it. Or, in a non-religious context, it might be that you just (oh no!) might have to deal with seeing a gay couple down the street holding hands. Or you might have to use a different porn website (gasp!) so as to avoid momentarily glancing upon gay porn while you’re trying to watch straight or lesbian porn. (Just going to let that hypocrisy slide.) And (even worse!) you might have to explain non-heterosexual sex and love to your kids! (Yes non-heterosexual people fall in love too. They don’t just have sex.) It’s just so aggravating and so sad. I feel like if anyone who thought LGBTQ* are gross or sinful or abominations or whatever, if they actually bothered to get to know someone who isn’t heterosexual, or if someone they knew came out of the closet, I bet they would change their stance on the LGBTQ* community and on equal rights. If they bothered to question their stance even in the slightest to be more inclusive and tolerant and less hateful, I bet they’d also be a lot happier. I’m just really trying to understand why and how anyone could be so hateful and intolerant about love and marriage and raising kids to have a happy family, of all things!, and I can’t. I simply can’t understand it. And worse is that I bet if I talked to someone who was set in their homophobic ways, they probably wouldn’t understand where I’m coming from. People often think the other side is wrong and hypocritical and their way is not only right, but obviously so. It’s a huge misconception and lack of communication.
I’m all out of words now, and I feel like this is running away from the original point. I also have homework to do :X
As a side note, please vote in November, especially if you are younger. People in the age group of 18-24 or 25 years are least likely to vote out of all the age groups. In fact, only around half of the entire US population votes. Your voice matters, your vote should be heard. This is unrelated to my giant wall of text up there. I don’t care who you vote for. Just please please vote.