First of all, I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I understand that not everyone will agree with my opinion on the recent court ruling and that’s okay. We all have the right of freedom of speech. Which brings me to my next point: we are also entitled to freedom of religion. We live in a country that guarantees us religious freedom, the right to believe in whatever the hell we want, or not to believe in anything at all. America is not a Christian, America is not a religion, America is not the bible, and America definitely isn’t God. America is THE LAND OF THE FREE.
Quick history lesson: America was first referred to as the land of the free when Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner in 1814, which is common knowledge. But here’s WHY he called it that, and this is important. We declared war on Great Brittian in 1812 because even though we had already fought for and won our independence, they were still messing with us, and we were intent on reaffirming our independence. 2 years into the war, Brittian was fed up with losing to us, so they captured our Nations Capitol before heading to attack the 3rd largest fort, Fort McHenry, a battle that ended with soldiers literally running away from the British. Fort McHenry was a military fort that pretty much guarded Baltimore, and an American flag 40 feet long flew from it’s flagpole. During all this madness, Brittian ALSO took prisoners and stuck them on their warships. Francis Scott Key was a lawyer at the time and was asked to help get a prominent doctor who had been taken captive released, so he got on a ship and headed to Brittian. They released the prisoners, but only after they bombed Fort McHenry. The bombing lasted for OVER 24 hours, but instead flying a white flag and surrendering after enduring over 24 hours of non-stop bombing, we proudly waved the symbol of our country and it’s independence. Because we did not give up, the British finally gave up. We fought like hell and won our freedom. We then signed a peace treaty with Brittian, and look where we are today.
America is not a religion, America is the land of the free. We are all citizens of this country, and we all deserve to be treated equally. I understand some people feel marriage should be between a man and a women, or that homosexuality is a sin, but whatever your reason is for not agreeing with either the court ruling or the LGBT community, don’t let your personal beliefs undermine what this country stands for. You don’t have to like it, but please, don’t deny somebody their right to freedom because “it’s a sin.” I get that you believe being gay means your going to hell, but as long as you aren’t gay you don’t have anything to worry about so while your on planet Earth you should “love thy neighbor.”
To all the people who are saying they want to move to Canada because America legalized gay marriage, that’s probably a good idea because that mindset doesn’t belong in the land of the free.