Everyone I know, gay and straight, are over-the-top excited this week because of the Supreme Court hearings on Prop H8 and DOMA. So in all this excitement, I thought I would chime in with a few thoughts.
From what I’ve heard so far the rightwingers’ only arguments to keep DOMA and reject same-sex marriage is Christian ideals on homosexuality and procreation. All they can do is thump their bibles. It’s their only leg to stand on because, of course, both Prop H8 and DOMA are pure discrimination against gay people. No surprise there.
What I find puzzling is the Church’s stance on the subject. The question popped into my head, How would Jesus vote if he were on the bench. According to the New Testament, Jesus never said a discouraging word against homosexuality. His message was unswervingly to love thy neighbor, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. So the Church, all Christians, have an opportunity here to act Christ-like by being compassionate, yet most refuse. They prefer to pass judgment, punish, and pretend that they are somehow better than gay people.
Being a Buddhist, I learned early on that sitting in judgment and punishing are a sickness caused by the duality of the human mind. It is the very thing that Buddhist’s struggle to overcome. It is the ego desperately trying to build itself up by putting everyone else down. It is the human condition when people break away from a holy state of oneness with God. My point is that by embracing same-sex marriage and demanding that all people have the same rights would, in fact, help Christians to become closer with their God. Yet, they choose to distance themselves from Christ’s teachings.
Once gay people have all the rights as everyone else, once gay is ‘normal’ (or at least not abnormal), who will these haters turn their animosity on next? Which group will they single out as inferior so that they can continue to inflate their own egos? I’ve always thought that gay people were the bottom rung of the hate ladder, but I suspect now that I’ve underestimated haters. Now I’m confident they will find some group. I simply have no idea which one.