01 April 2013

Gay Marriage & The Fight for Equal Rights

Last week while casually scrolling on Instagram, I couldn't help but notice the sea of red equal signs taking over my picture timeline. Under each picture it read "Proposition 8: Equality for all" As soon as I saw Beyonce repost the picture, I knew I needed to find out what the hype was all about!

Supposedly, the image above represents the equal rights for gay marriage. Awhile back, California passed the right for gay couples to engage in marriage. Now it seems as if they are trying to ban it (Proposition 8). Supreme Court hasn't made any decisions on what the final outcome will be, but what do you believe in or hope for?

I do not believe that homosexuality is completely right; however, I do not think we should control another person's choice that he or she may make in life! I'm hoping Proposition 8 is not passed to ban gay marriage. I think we are all entitled to whatever we please with our lives. Sometimes you cannot help who you love. 

What are your thoughts?

Jasmine Redus


  1. While I do believe in equal rights for all, I also have strong beliefs that stem from a Christian background and belief in The Bible. I am not speaking negatively about homosexuals because I have friends that are gay that I love. I love people as people, not for their choices, but that does not mean I agree with the choices. That goes for choices far beyond just being gay. I do not think gay marriage should be allowed because I believe that it is wrong. However, there are plenty of other non-Biblical practices that occur everywhere daily. Again, I do not say this to offend anyone, I just stand firm in my beliefs and I respect the beliefs of others as well.

  2. The amount of impact the media has absolutely amazes me. All of my social media feeds were filled with the picture above, causing me to be curious about what the hype was all about.

    Social media is pretty much the definition of live web, meaning that it is constantly being consumed and updated. When social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have users that constantly update information and microblog, wildfires of trends and advocacy's occur.

    When social media trends and advocacy's start a wildfire of a certain topic, it causes a chain reaction, forcing users to see the trend and usually initiate a response. While I am a believer in equality, I wonder how long this topic will last on social media before users move on to the next big topic

  3. A guy I follow on YouTube said it best, "Everyone on Facebook is turning into Math symbols someone needs to solve this problem" (@OlanRogers). I mainly like it because it's silly and it doesn't anger me. Marriage equality is one of those arguments that I'm sick of hearing about. While I love our government, I hate hearing about it. That's not because some of the things enacted by the government goes against my beliefs or preferences, but because the government could create a law stating that once a year they are going to give free ice cream to everybody and someone is going to complain about not getting enough, another will try to find the catch or the GPS tracking device hidden in the dairy, someone will talk about what kids in Africa would do for some ice cream, and somebody will turn it down just because it's coming from the government. While I understand that some of those people would have a decent complaint (here's to you, African kids), I'd be the person complaining about other people not allowing me to have my ice cream.

    While that analogy is a bit ridiculous, it's actually comparable. I'm kind of tired of people complaining just to complain. I'm a Bible believing, son of a minister/choir-director parenting tandem, who didn't listen to "secular" music until I was able to drive. My religious beliefs leave me in a position reserving marriage for one man and one woman. I like women, so that works out well for me. But the older I get and the more I hear about this, the more neutral my opinion is becoming. Just because I don't like the flavor of ice cream being offered, doesn't mean I should request that they remove the flavor.

    This is what puts me in a tough position. I am a Christian, raised Southern Baptist. Because of that, I don't believe that marriage between two men or two women is proper. I'm not supposed to hate those people because of their lifestyle, I am just supposed to disagree with it (and I do). However, I also understand that not everybody is raised Southern Baptist and since America is the "land of the free," that their beliefs should hold some weight too. So all of this to say, that I don't know. I don't agree with the notion of gay marriage, but I can't say that I am totally against the legality of it.

  4. I saw Beyoncé's post on Instagram as well Jasmine, and I was like huh? So of course I googled it and I saw that the picture was EVERYWHERE.

    I have gay uncles and I have lesbian cousins and I am not AGAINST it, because this is a FREE country and they have the right to live that way. And since this is a free country and the land of the free, I feel like same sex marriages should be legal. Like Beyoncé said under her picture "If you like it, you should be able to put a ring on it".

    However, I believe that God made a woman from the rib that he had taken out of a man for a reason. So I will definitely marry a man one day and keep it traditional.

  5. I agree with Sierra about the impact of media.

    I support gay marriage. Who am I to tell someone what they can and can't do or how they should feel or who they should be in love with? To me when someone is gay or a lesbian they aren't hurting anyone else, so I don't see why they can't do what they want. They love or like someone and love is a good thing. I believe we should treat people how we want to be treated and I want the right to marry whoever I want, so I think others should have the same right.