2.09.2015

A rare venture into social commentary

I don't get political on this blog very much. Or at all.

I don't use it to convert people to my religion, although I am always willing to speak to anyone about my journey as a Christian, and the good, the bad and the ugly that I have experienced in organized religion. Although I belong to a wonderful church family, I feel very strongly about the separation of church and state.

I have never hid my beliefs but being one who tends to lean towards "live and let live," I also don't push them to the forefront. And as a people pleaser by nature, I don't like to upset anyone.

But.

When such a monumental day as Feb. 9, 2015, happens, I want to acknowledge it. I want to celebrate it and I want to record my thoughts for my children and for anyone else to know where I fall on the matter. The matter being the legalization of gay marriage today in Alabama.

As someone with LGBT friends and family members, I have long supported equal rights for gay people. Growing up in small town Tennessee, I was not exposed to openly gay people until my first year of college when I was elected into the student senate. We had representatives from the campus LGBT organization and for the first time I got to know openly gay people. And I made a monumental discovery that was not so monumental. They were no different than me. Notice that I keep using the term "openly". You see, my great uncle was gay. It was one of those secrets that everyone knew but no one spoke of. As a child I did not understand what it must be like to not be able to be honest about who you are, but as an adult I look back and see what it took away from him. How it affected him. And how his life could have been so much different if it were a different time. Like today.

So I celebrate for my friends and family, but it is bittersweet because he is not here to see marriage equality become a reality for so many people who are no different than anyone else. And who deserve the same rights and happiness that my husband and I share.

So today was a good day in Alabama.






6 comments:

  1. I love this post! People sometimes complain about our complicated world and long for the 'good old days'. I think yesterday is a wonderful example that our world IS in fact becoming a better place.

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    1. I agree whole-heartedly. The good old days were not always that good and maybe because this is Alabama but I see a lot of parallels to the Civil Rights movement. Thank you for your comment and for reading.

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  2. Dear Katie, I've been stalking your blog for about six years now, but have never commented before. Well, I'm breaking my silence to just say "thanks" for celebrating such a momentous occasion here on your blog!

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    1. That is just about the best compliment I have received here. Thank you for coming by and reading and wading through all the awkward over the last six years!

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  3. Insightful and excellent post! Just 15 years ago H and I could not have lawfully wed in Alabama because this state was the *last* in our country to repeal its statute banning interracial marriage between whites and blacks. Alabama finally repealed that law in 2000 -- 33 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-miscegnition laws were unconstitutional in Loving v. Virginia. It's highly probable that some couples were getting married in violation of the state law because I haven't heard of mass denials of marriage licenses for black/white couples in Alabama in the 80's/90's, but it was per se unlawful. Therefore, it probably depended on the county probate judge. Ridiculous! My position since teenage years has always been that of Dr. King: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." It's one of the reason I became an attorney. Thank you for addressing this social/human rights issue.

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    1. That just absolutely blows my mind that it has only been 15 years. Sometimes it is hard to reconcile my own personal belief system with that of a large portion of Alabamians but I have seen so much positive responses this week that it gives me hope for the future. Thank you, Friend!

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