Sunday, June 12, 2011

Born this Way

Here in Minnesota we’ll vote in 2012 on a constitutional amendment that will specifically define marriage as between a man and a woman. Too bad!
by Charlie Leck

In Rome, on this past Saturday night, Lady Gaga sang a bit of her hit song “Born This Way.” She was at a Gay Pride rally in the ancient Circus Maximus. She called herself “a child of diversity” and called for an end to discrimination against gays.

Well, hooray for Lady Gaga. I’m not a fan at all, but she earned some credits with me for taking a public stand like that. She pointed to several nations that show particular intolerance and discrimination – Poland, Russia, Lithuania and the Middle East.

I don’t particularly recommend it, but if you want to see a seven minute You Tube video of Lady Gaga singing Born this Way, you’ll find it here!

I’m writing about this subject today because I want to underline the thesis of the song – that heterosexuality and or homosexuality is not really a choice we make (though I expect there are some strange and unusual exceptions to that rule). We are born that way! And, it is unfair of any one at all to expect or demand of any one that they deny their sexuality and very being to satisfy some insane rule of morality established by people who don’t get it!

In the Minnesota House of Representatives this spring, Representative Steve Simon spoke movingly about his certainty that sexuality and sexual orientation is a gift from God and wondered what right any of us had to deny that gift. If you’d like to see a 3 minute version of the You Tube video of the speech by Representative Simon, here it is. If you can’t see it below, go here.

If you are from Minnesota, I hope you’ll work extremely hard to make sure the constitutional amendment does not pass in the 2012 election.


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