A new day…another poll.
Do they like us more today than yesterday
This referendum on hate and bigotry is sickening
We are not new,
We have always been here.
Hiding in the shadows for fear of retribution.
Frequently the target of slings and arrows
Thrown by our brothers and sisters.
Sadly, sometimes they hit the mark.
Why such animosity?
We breath the same air you do,
Drink the same water,
Eat the same food.
We are born of the sacred vessel like you
And we die alone as you do.
We love like you do,
We long to be loved like you do.
We are children of God like you.
You know us though you may not know it.
We are your sons and daughters,
We are your friends and acquaintances,
We are the person you pass on the street,
We are the teacher in your schools,
We are the soldier fighting for your freedom,
We are fireman and policeman,
We are the teller at your ban,
We are the checkout clerk at your convenience store,
We are parents,
We want to be parents,
We were born this way,
Though you think it a choice.
We are gay not broken,
We are not something you need to fix.
We are all created equal,
Wasn’t that the promise made to all of us
Not just to you?
~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~
* I wrote this piece because I am tired of the endless polls regarding American’s attitudes toward gay marriage. We seem to have this morbid fascination with the LGBT community to the point that many of us are willing to discriminate against them just to keep them from marrying. In my opinion, not only is this absurd, but it is also unconstitutional and should never have been an issue in the first place. I personally have family members who are gay and I have neither treated them nor looked upon them any differently than anyone else because of their sexual orientation. I have never felt threatened by them, nor have they ever been a threat to the children in our family. They are terrific people. Folks, you don’t chose to be gay, you are born that way. Isn’t it time we get over our homophobia and extend the rights to them as citizens that they are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and put an end to this nonsense.