I talk to my dad about almost all of the issues in our lives. One of the main ones as a gay man is marriage equality.
Of course I am in favor of it, and I thought that once I came out to my dad he would also want me to be able to marry by default of having a gay son. Unfortunately that is not the case.
I have gone back and forth with him on this issue, he still holds the same thoughts.
I am not saying that he is a bad person, he was raised a certain way and in a certain time that there was not even a thought about two people of the same sex marrying each other, or being open in any relationship for that matter.
While talking to him, he has opened my eyes to many opinions and viewpoints of a straight male and it has helped shape my views for the better. I just hope that one day I can show him what my community has been fighting for and why we have such passion for this issue. Actions speak louder than words and in time I wish that he does come to accept and support marriage equality, so for now I will have to settle for showing him my recorded thoughts.
He says he gives me 98% of his support. Not bad compared to the reaction he gave me the day after I came out to him. Also, it is much more than what many people face when they come out to their fathers, and for that I am extremely grateful.
The other two percent that he does not support is Pride Parades (that is a whole other post I can rant about after going to my first Pride parade this year) and marriage equality.
He acknowledges that nothing would change in his marriage if I were to marry my partner and he knows that hell would not erupt from the ground and slaughter every new born child.
However he won’t go out in support of it (I’m not asking him to go out to marches and parades) but it would be nice to know that my father would vote in favor of me being legally recognized as a full member of the American society.
If marriage equality does not get passed in my lifetime (which it will), I will still be pretty happy if a civil union was actually equal to a full Marriage. It wouldn’t be the case since we know from history that separate but equal is anything but equal, but that is neither here nor there.
I would still call my partner my husband, I would still tell people I was married and I would have all the benefits of a married couple. Compared to how it is today, it would be a total victory for me and my future husband.
Here is why I (and the rest of the LGBT community) get so upset about the issue:
We aren’t full citizens in the eyes of most of America and under the law.
It is as simple as that.
It comes to a point where people have to decide if their traditional views on marriage are more important than letting people feel like they are of the same value as the rest of the country.
“Tolerance is giving everyone else the same rights you claim for yourself”
-Robert Green Ingersol