Gay Marriage in D.C.: Heroes in a righteous cause
By Samuel Johnson
I was raised Roman Catholic, and as a youth I always dreamed of being married one day. But like so many closeted gay youths, that dream stayed silent within me because I truly wanted to be with a person of my sex. Meanwhile, at Catholic school, I was beaten, pushed, spat upon and harassed — not because I was gay but merely because I was perceived as being gay. And as a Catholic, I accepted this abuse because the church taught that homosexuality was an abominable sin. This self-hatred took years to undo as an adult. This is not a unique story among gays, believe me.
D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and members of the D.C. Council are righteous in their steadfast support for allowing same-sex marriage. Gay people are not merely “activists.” We are people. We are every age and color, every religion and ethnicity. We have families that love and depend upon us. We have friends and colleagues who appreciate us, across the United States and all over the world.
When religious leaders and public personalities attempt to institutionalize discrimination against us, they are viewed as ambassadors of hatred. In the long run, the trends look good for those who are at long last standing up to such forces.
Keep up the fight, Mr. Fenty and members of the D.C. Council. You are the true American heroes. The world is watching.
| November 23, 2009; 4:18 PM ET
Categories: D.C., same-sex marriage
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