Allow me to relive a story from my first day back to work this morning. The following interaction took place at the Starbucks next to my office.
Characters: seated customers, myself, standing customers awaiting drink orders, Starbucks staff
The scene: two guys in their early 50’s sitting at a table adjacent to where customers pickup their caffeinated offerings.
I ordered my beverage and breakfast sandwich and patiently wait for my drink to be announced. While waiting I overhear two guys sitting at the table chatting amongst themselves. At first I tune them out, but it became increasingly difficult to ignore their banter since my drink was a little slow and based on the content of their discussion.
A guy with his back to me says to his friend “some day they will try to make it legal in every state”. Of course this guy is talking about gay marriage. I scan their table and notice his paperback version of the bible.
I butt in and clearly state my objection, “and that would be such a bad thing?”
The man seems a bit annoyed I had something to say. He says, “you bet it is”. I ask why it’s a bad thing again. He points to his bible and says “because this books says so”.
Man, when are people ever going to learn. I quip back to him, “you know not everyone believes in that book”. He remains annoyed and keeps looking over his shoulder. Lucky for him (and probably myself) my grande peppermint mocha showed up shortly after.
Perhaps it was rude of me to butt in on their private conversation. However, these are the same type of people telling women what they can and can’t do with their bodies. I think I’m well within my right to tell them I beg to differ. What two consenting adults do with their lives behind closed doors is none of my business. I’m not gay, but I’m also not going to let homophobes spread their hate.
Let them get married! It’s not like marriage is a walk in the park, not saying anything bad about my own marriage. I’m simply saying all people deserve to have the same rights, all people. Doesn’t the bible mention something about loving all of god’s creatures equally? Or is that portion ignored or open to interpretation?