I posted this back in June this year for my online journal and thought to repost it in my Sharebook since I believe strongly in equal rights.
"With the Supreme Court ruling of same-sex marriage for federal benefits equal to straight couples, I wanted to post my thoughts on what I have been thinking about for some time now.
I didn't know any gay or lesbians in school, but a couple years later, I became friends with someone who said he was bi-sexual and then shortly thereafter through a now-ex boyfriend I met another bi-sexual guy friend. Actually, my very first meeting wasn't them but directly after high school maybe a month after graduation, there was 2 gay guys I met through a group of people I was visitng with at the time. Not being around others like them, I was scared and nervous, but not hateful. I just didn't know what to do or say around them. Obviously it must have showed because both of them could tell. One took a dislike to me until I left, but the other took the time and sat down to explain how it was to me. To this day, I can't remember exactly what he said but I can tell you when I left, I was more comfortable with them and future people I would meet or become friends with.
So back to the 2 bi-friends I had a couple years later. The first one J I met in March 2002 and had a long friendship with until the summer of 2011-not for reasons relating to this topic. The other friendship, with B didn't last as long-maybe 2 years and ended also not because of this topic. Anyways, J at first told me he was bi, but I had a feeling there was more to it. Eventually he told me he was gay. We had a great friendship for a while.
I think anyone should be free to love and marry who they want. Everyone is equal and nobody has the right to own anyone else's actions. When I see others not accepting gay couples to be married, I am reminded of when Hitler took-over Europe and had millions of Jews killed. Or when the blacks vs. whites occured with segregation. It's the same thing now. One side vs. the other. The one side thinking they are better than the other and can make them do what they want to. Only the Higher Power can be the judge of others. Everyone else is living and breathing like other human beings.
Same sex marriage and rights should be for all. If gays can't have that, then straights shouldn't be able to either. It's all or none."