I’ve seen much of the recent events regarding the “historic” vote by City Council from a three-quarters view, not close enough to actually be spit on, but close enough to sympathize with those who feel that they’ve been wronged; the LBGIT crowd deserves this win, and rightly so.
Martin Luther King once said: “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” What I take this to mean is that American history has a way of righting itself over generations (let us be reminded that once upon a time in America – and not so long ago – a black slave was only considered three-fifths of a man): the Emancipation Proclamation, women’s rights, civil rights, the list goes on. Ours is a country that prides ourselves on equality, on individuality. This vote cannot be construed as anything but a step in the right direction.
Everyone deserves a chance, a fair shake. I don’t care if you’re white, black, brown, blue, yellow, red or green – the “pursuit of happiness” is written into the Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers (and yes, I am an American) talked of unalienable rights as just that. Because my hair is green, or I listen to a certain type of music, or I believe in a particular politic, or my socks are argyle as opposed to plaid, doesn’t mean that I am not a citizen, a contributing member to society.
So I say to those who feel uncomfortable with this vote: Your children are safe and so are your churches; no one will stand on your lawn and tell you otherwise; and what you say to your children, what you take from your church, is your business and yours alone. Your rights are not being taken from you because of this. Your neighbor, your son, your favorite bartender, barber, TV personality, weatherman, grocer, playwright, mechanic, florist, contractor, bricklayer, baker – what they gain, and what you do not lose, is this: to stand as an equal.