The brutally vigorous hurricane of debate over gay marriage is sweeping across the United States. I have a stance on this matter as well. But first, I believe it’s important that I share my story.
I am multiracial. Or, as some older folks have phrased it, a “half-breed.” My father is Mexican, and my mother is a diverse collection of peoples that amounts to “white.” They met in Arizona, where the two of them were going to school. This detail is important, because in my parents’ lifetime, there was a law in Arizona that made it illegal to marry a Mexican. Had the repeal of this law been delayed a decade, I would never have existed.
In my own personal life I have mainly been involved with people of a different national and ethnic origin than myself. My first girlfriend, in fact, didn’t even speak the same language at first. All this wasn’t a conscious lifestyle choice. It was simply the natural result of my ongoing quest to find my other half and be at peace at last for the remainder of my years. For someone to deny me that would be to deny me my whole existence. Sabotage my liberty and pursuit of happiness, and my life won’t survive for very much longer.
I personally don’t care who the government laws say can get married. I’m also not gay. If I were, I would probably feel differently. I will live my life by my convictions and fight for what I believe is right. I encourage others to do the same. No one can deny us this right.
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