To those of you who kindly expressed your point of view, even though it was in opposition to mine, and without putting me down, I thank you. I know how hard it is to stand up for what you believe when you think those around you feel differently. It’s exactly how I felt when I went to post this. I thought really it would be the end of this blog. Because MOST of my readers are from faiths who actively oppose gay marriage. I thought I was in the minority of how I believe.
Here’s some fun statistics. A poll done by FoxNews said that only 38% of the country believes that gay people should get married. However, a Gallup Pole from last year said that 53% of people said gay marriages should be recognized. Aaaah, Fox News…
I thank you for being brave and for standing up for your position. For at least trying to see my point of view. I recognize that there is always going to be disagreements in this area. I have nothing but respect for you and your beliefs. It’s like I said to one commenter, and I really really believe this, “you standing up for what you believe does not make you a bigot, me standing up for what I believe does not make me a sinner.” and I believe this. I think most of the conversation was fantastic. I don’t believe that those who believe for religious reasons that gay marriage should not be allowed are bigots. They are following their own convictions. They deserve the same protections to their speech as I do. They deserve the same respect that they gave me.
To those of you who have said that I did this for attention, you are jerks. I get WAY more blog hits for my posts on autism and Down syndrome than I did for this. Just more people commented this time. If I wanted attention, there are better ways to do it and NOT sent through the ringer as I have been these last couple of days. I did this because I look at my two beautiful children who were born with special needs and I want for people to stand up for them and their rights. And though what we are fighting for with my children is different from what I am fighting for here, I feel like I cannot ask that from others if I am not willing to do the same for them.
I’m not going to even address the whole “grow up, get off your computer and raise your kids” comment because I know I don’t need to. I know what kind of mother I am. I do need to address though that I thought I knew who it was who said that, and I was completely wrong. I’m sorry to the person I had implied it was, and sorry to anyone who thought they knew who I was talking about. I do not know AT ALL who wrote that post.
For the most part, I truly believe that everyone was respectful, thoughtful, and nice with their comments. That’s a step forward to at least trying to see eye to eye on this issue. I feel like MOST people treat those around them with dignity and respect, regardless of whether or not you agree with their lifestyle. That being said, there is still entirely too much hatred towards gay people. I’ve received a couple of emails from people who are gay telling me the hurt they went through when people who professed to be Christian would not accept them, and in fact, turned away from them after hearing that they were gay. This is not what Christ would have wanted for us to do. Did he turn away from lady caught in sin? I wanted to write a whole other post on this, but it’s been done, and it’s been done way better than I could have. The best piece I’ve ever read written about this was by Single Dad Laughing, and can be found here:
This post went viral last year, so I’m sure most of you have read it. If not, it’s a good refresher in this area.
Anyways, I hope to close the door on this conversation, at least the religious aspect of it. I feel I need to repeat this- my religious leaders have accepted me and my feelings and have still found me to be in good standing with the church. You have no right to judge me. I will not respond to those comments.