Since I’m a North Dakotan resident this voting season, I want to take a second to stress the importance of voting to my fellow Minnesotan people. There are so many important reasons to vote this year among one of the most important is for the presidential seat. But what’s more important on a personal level for so many Minnesotans is the equality of marriage. Love comes in so many different forms and faces. It comes to us through acts of kindness, feelings of doubt, at times when we don’t deserve it, and the most important moments in our lives. To some people marriage may just be a signature on a piece of paper signed 25 years ago but to so many of the people we see everyday that are a part of the LGBT community, marriage is a significant piece of history that wants to be embraced on the deepest level possible. Being able to marry the one person that you feel complete with shouldn’t be given the cold shoulder and shouldn’t be hated by the most bigoted of people. So please, Minnesota; vote NO on November 6th. Even if you don’t know anyone personally and haven’t seen it first hand, please show your support. I CANNOT stand seeing the people that I love and know go through another day knowing that the one thing that people look forward to when planning their lives as little boys and girls can’t be fulfilled because a few thousand people don’t want to support them. Please, VOTE NO. If not for me, do it for the future generation.
I’ve expressed my opinion on gay rights in the past and it still stands. I believe wholeheartedly that anyone regardless of sexual orientation should be entitled to marriage. Marriage is something more than just a boyfriend/girlfriend label. Marriage is something that is so meaningful on such a deep spiritual level for all those involved. This post in particular is in relevance to the religious community. I saw and shared the below photo to FB as I was raised in the Catholic community. Granted, I haven’t been to church in longer than an acceptable amount of time but I’m discovering that my reasoning for choosing not to attend is due to the negative views that the Catholic community has pushed on the younger generation based on the “faith.” I’m not a spokesperson for my religion nor any other but it disgusts me on the deepest level that today’s current religious guru’s insist on being blinded by the current events of the 21st century. In the Catholic church, for example, so many things have changed in the short 22 years that I’ve been around. When to sit and when to stand, which words to say within prayers and which words have been omitted. Those are just a few small things that have evolved. But why? Why is it okay for the church to change what they want based on who? It’s okay for us to eat pork but women can’t take birth control to prevent and unwanted child at the current moment in her life? It’s legitimate for God to put sex offender priests on this Earth but it’s not okay for two men or two women to get married? Catholicism as well as many other religions around the world based off of the Bible only pick and choose what to follow and what to believe. The Bible was constructed over an enormous period of time most of which is irrelevant to the evolving world of which God has created. The Bible was made and constructed by primarily men. The Bible has homosexuality, infidelity, murder, and sex. The Bible is the past and as we’ve learned through schooling all of our life; in order to concur our current future we need to LEARN from our history. I am faithful to the Lord and I turn to him in every aspect of my life. I believe in him just as much as someone who preaches for the belief against my opinions. Show love, support equality, and embrace change!