The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

March 24, 2013

Time for change

Herald-Banner Staff

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

Coming up in a few days, our supreme court will hear about two cases dealing with the issues of same-sex marriages. Whatever they decide could very well impact the lives of millions.

As a straight male with several gay friends, I really hope the best for them. If two people love each other, who am I to say what is right and what is wrong? I am a very strong supporter of same-sex marriage, and have contributed hundreds of dollars to various charities, and have signed numerous petitions to help out.

I think this country has a huge problem with people brownnosing and being gossip queens. Everybody has to know what the other person is doing behind closed doors. This is practically a staple in American culture, and personally I think it needs to go. I don’t care about what my gay friends do behind closed doors, or even out in public for that matter. Neither should anyone else, as it really has no effect on you at all. The worst offense to me, however, is this notion that being gay is a choice or a lifestyle. How come we aren’t bothered by the lesbians at the table, but when two gay men come into a restaurant our lunch is ruined? Being gay, or even straight, is not a choice. It’s not like putting on a shirt or taking the bus. I don’t chose to like men one day because I just suddenly decide I am not attracted to females anymore. The Bible is frequently brought up in this debate, as the famous Leviticus 18:22 “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” However, there are two main flaws with this. You heard correctly, I said the Bible has flaws.

First Leviticus 19:26 states “Do not eat any meat with the blood still in it.” 19:27 “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard.” 19:28 “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourself.” 19:19 “Do not plant your fields with two kinds of seeds; Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material.” We ignore all of that stuff, but for some reason, we hold onto the Leviticus 18:22. Why? All of those things are sins, just like 18:22, but we cherry pick those out. Funny how that works?

The second main flaw is in the time which this was written. Women were considered property, less than man. When a woman lost her virginity, she was the man’s property, even in cases of rape. The infamous Leviticus 18:22 is simply stating that you should not treat your fellow man like you would a woman, who is your property.

I think it’s time for change, a time in which we need to give everybody the right to love each other, and be happy with one another, regardless of gender.

Dakota Griffin