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Why shouldn't people be treated equally, regardless of their sexuality?
I‘d like to think I am pretty open minded in a live-and-let-live kind of way.
It’s really for others to judge or say. I did learn though, years back, that it’s hard, nigh impossible and probably not right to judge people by your own standards, better by their own.
That’s harder because you’ve got to explore to try to understand what people are saying/doing and fit it into their value system. Another thing to 'throw into the mix' is logic; like beauty, it's in the eye, brain or heart of the beholder.
Take smoking. 'Luckily' I’ve never really done it save a long ago and pretty amateurish dalliance with both pipe and cigar.
But some people, like my parents-in-law, 70 odd years committed smokers, are big tobacco and nicotine 'lovers'.
Some people argue that the cigarette companies have added additional addiction-forming chemicals to clinch the deal.
Some people love smoking, whatever you may tell them or what they really know. They are hooked, addicted - though they may say “I could finish tomorrow if I wanted, I just don’t want to”. They have the campaign ASH on their side.
Then there’s the vehement anti-smoker. They know (well we all do, don’t we) that it’s bad for us and that we should all stop.
They see smokers as stupid, selfish, only-got-themselves-to-blame idiots or worse. Look out for the ex-smoker converted to anti-smoking zealot especially.
There was a similar frisson over making wearing seat belts in cars the law. “My civil liberties are being infringed” my boss at the time complained.
There’s a big debate at the moment about who should be allowed, enabled, have the right to enter into a legally binding partnership arrangement, and who should be allowed to be formally married, within a formal Church setting or not.
Heterosexuals have always lived together (sometimes with some legal footing), got married and divorced, often a lengthy and bitter process.
Homosexuals have never had the same set of options. That doesn’t seem right or fair to me. Their different treatment has been rooted in history (pink triangles in Hitler’s concentration camps) and enshrined within religious doctrine or practice.
Who am I to tell anyone how they should life their lives, initially for fear that they should tell me how to live mine? But also, laws apart I guess, because we’d never get 100 per cent unanimous consensus.
Gay people have acted pretty much the same as their heterosexual brothers and sisters over the centuries, often in secret. That doesn’t seem right or fair to me. Why should anyone, causing no-one any harm, have to hide away how they want to conduct their lives?
Gay people can be god-fearing, law-abiding souls in long-term faithful relationships. Some heterosexuals live their lives a million miles from these standards. Some homosexuals live an outwardly heterosexual life.
Now gay people can enter into civil partnerships. Some of my work colleagues and friends have chosen that way and how fantastic that is.
Now some gay folk would care to get married, possibly in Church. This seems to be a step too far for some, probably quite a few steps too far for quite a few too.
Marriage, say those wishing the status quo to continue, is done in the name of God. And procreation seems to feature in there somewhere, though some heterosexuals get married not seeking to have babies or in the knowledge that they cannot do so, for whatever reasons.
Being with someone of the same sex doesn’t mean you couldn’t have or raise children just as well as the next couple.
So where are we now? Where does all this leave us?
Where do you stand on these matters? Are they matters of opinion, ethics, morals or faith?Please tell us how you feel or stand on these matters.
Because matter they do, to all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons!