Thinking about this post title for a bit and I was wondering what it should be. I had a few thoughts but in the end I think the title I chose sums it up best.
Growing up for me in Catholic Ireland I did all the cliched things .. all boys Catholic Primary School .. all boys Catholic Secondary School. I went to mass I was taught what is right and what is wrong and I grew up with lots of questions about religion which I doubt I ever had an opportunity to ask a religious person and if I’d been in a position might actually have led to me being a more religious person. One thing I don’t think I’d ever heard mention in all my time growing up was the word gay. ( Apart from Gay Byrne :D ). ( Yes once I hit University it became more common )
Flash forward a bit and I ended up meeting my beautiful wife and marrying her in 2007 in the local Mairie of her parents village near Quimper in France. Exactly one week later we ended up having our Religious Ceremony in the Church (full shebang .. white dress … car … rice and what not) in the same village. Straight people were present and Gay people were present and oh my god! we’re still alive.
Maybe I led a sheltered existance early on in my life? I’m not entirely sure. I knew about sex. 15’s and 18’s movies were never an issue at home ( I’m talking Terminator and so on people). We were generally allowed (apart from if my parents thought they were really crap TBH) to watch what we wanted, or at least that’s my recollection of things. ( I still haven’t killed anyone for the experience of watching all the horror / war / fighting / guns I might add … I don’t think I’ve been in a fight since I was in School either)
This evening I’m just hit by something I just saw tweeted over on politics.ie http://twitter.com/#!/PoliticsIE/status/37575840262787073
FG do NOT support same-sex marriage following reply to query http://www.politics.ie/fine-gael/152305-fine-gael-do-not-support-same-sex-marriage.html
It just makes me go WOW. My reaction to this is why? My question is why? and I’m left just asking why why WHY?
What … ****ing difference does it make to, let us say, “straight” people in general if gay people are allowed to marry?
Will it change the fact they live together? No.
Will it change anything much for anyone? No but it really will make a big difference for them.
If I were to ask you “If two people who love each other decide they want to spend their future together would you stop them?” .. of course we’ll assume you’re not stalking them and in love with one of them here, but you hopefully get my point.
Please political parties COP ON … these are human rights … to happiness … freedom of choice … and freedom of lifestyle. If someone told me in the morning I wasn’t allowed to be married to my wife I’d be pretty pissed off. It’s pretty important to us … it’s a sign of our love and commitment to each other … not to mention there are tax implications…
Just something I needed to get off my chest.
(hopefully what I’ve wanted to say hasn’t been lost too much, that tweet I read just really really annoyed me)