Have you seen this? Many people are sharing it and or making this their profile picture. This symbol is for equality in marriage. My post today is not to persuade you to think the same way I think. In fact I respect your opinion or difference of opinion regardless. I also understand that I could lose a follower or 2 for what I believe in. I’m OK with that as well!! Do I consider myself a BELIEVER in JESUS and GOD? Yes, as a matter of fact I DO!!! I also believe that to judge others is not up to me and that I don’t need to concern myself with who can marry who. We will all find out who is accepted or not by GOD when we meet HIM at the Pearly Gates. I was raised catholic and attended Catholic schools up into high school. I lived in California during my middle school years and my mom’s boss (Bev) at the time happened to be gay. At 12 I don’t know a whole lot or understand anything about sexuality but what I did know is that my parents trusted Bev and Bev’s girlfriend to babysit me one weekend when they had to travel out of town on business trip for the weekend. I was treated like a princess and I loved it with moms company would have company parties. I was always invited and Bev always included me in any holiday gifts. Hey , when you’re 12 , you’re always all about the gifts! We even invited Bev and her partner to my confirmation which was a big deal and only had 4 tickets per family. We didn’t have any other family around us ( they were here in Dallas) and so they were there. I remember one night having a serious discussion with my Mom and crying because I was so confused. I wanted to love Bev and wanted to make sure it was OK because of my strict religious beliefs being taught. My mother has always been a very liberal loving soul. She taught me right then that she is trying to raise me to be a woman who will make my own wise decisions with no judgement and to follow my heart. She would not tolerate any Hate or bullying from me and that I need to love the person regardless of what any religious organization tells me.
Today I have so many gay friends in my life that I honestly know my life would shine much less brighter if they weren’t in it. In fact 2 of my closest friends are gay and both of them and their partners will be at my wedding. My one friend Michael has been so supportive and loving and the perfect friend for many years. He gave me a free airline ticket one year (before I traveled and earned points) to fly my Mother in from Montana when we both couldn’t afford it. He understands the importance of family and the need for my mom. Michael was raised in a loving ,church going family in the South and his parents have accepted his choice many years ago. Just like the ol joke goes, show me a family now that doesn’t have a gay and mine would be no exception. My sweet cousin Layne is gay and he came out to his right after high school graduation. He moved to London where his partner (Clive) is from 5 years ago and they are legally married there. My cousin deserves to live somewhere where he can hold hands with his husband as they walk into the grocery store and not be judged or even worse threatened. Can you imagine growing up in Red Neck East Texas and being gay. He literally is scared to walk with Clive inside walmart in fear of being hurt. Yes this still happens. Do you need reminded of Matthew Shepard in Montana? There are countless hate crimes where gay men and women were beaten and killed . For what?! Layne and Clive have been together for 10 years, Michael and his partner have been together for 15, my friend Kevin and his partner have been together for 10, and my friend Fred and his partner have been together 28 years people! Do you see that LOVE is LOVE and their relationships is what I’ve seen as a model for long lasting commitment and love. Its because I’ve seen them work like any other couple I know to make things last.
I cant NOT love my friends and my cousin because they are Gay. I just won’t let anyone tell me that they are any less a person with rights as I am. The symbol above is truly a gesture on Facebook that has already made the Global news for the support of equality. Little things can make great things happen!Have a lovely Wednesday Y’all!!