I found this wonderful quilt photo on line and adopted it for my Facebook profile picture.
Soon after posting the photo, I received this message: Can I ask u another totally random and unrelated question? Your fb pic, the quilted pic of the pink HRC logo- most people, unless they're gay aren't posting that unless they are touched personally by someone in their world struggling currently or in the past. Where did your motivation/conviction come from? And of course, feel free to tell me to mind my business :-)
Good question. Excellent question. I wish I knew the answer!
Frankly, my friend, I don't think it was a conscious decision/choice, any more than your own sexuality is a decision or a choice. And I don't believe I was influenced by an individual struggle.
It is simply something I know to be right, the way I know it is wrong to prevent people of a particular race from voting; that equal pay for equal jobs is right and that women must be able to choose whether or not to bear a child.
I can't pinpoint when and how I knew gay marriage had to be legalized. It just stems from things I've always been taught to be true:
. . . Loving one another isn't limited to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick; it extends to freeing the marginalized from the oppression of the sanctimonious.
. . . And there's something somewhere else about all men being created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights.
Back in the 60s, I never marched for Civil Rights. I came to regret that.
Back in the 70s, I never demonstrated in support of Roe v. Wade. I came to regret that.
This may be my last chance to take a stand for something important. And I'm done with regrets.
Thank you for asking, Dibble. If you hadn't, I may not have written this.