Student says legalizing gay marriage would be a step in the right direction, as homosexuals should be accepted

Dear Editor,

I think it’s absolutely wonderful that Arlingtonian addressed gay rights in the Oct. 25, 2013 issue because it’s a topic that I feel very strongly about. Although I am personally not attracted to the same sex, I have an overwhelming amount of empathy and respect for those who are or think they might be. It’s a tragic world where we cannot accept our neighbors for who they are. I will never understand people who judge based on one’s sexuality. To me, that’s the equivalent of judging someone based on race or ethnicity, an aspect you simply cannot help.

Some, particularly followers of the Catholic Church, believe that sexuality is merely a choice and those who choose to be gay are troubled and sinful. Being Catholic myself, I could not disagree more. How do they know it’s a choice? Growing up, I never once stopped to think if I should love men or women. It was never a concern to me because I was born loving whom I love, just like everyone else, including homosexuals. In today’s culture, it’s common to hear people preach the importance of “being yourself,” but apparently that doesn’t apply to your sexuality. That’s a double standard and shows children that it’s not OK to be your true self. They’re saying to be “mostly yourself.”

Nobody is born harboring hatred; it is taught, often by one’s family. I find it devastatingly horrific that we teach our children to hate one another because of our differences. Some claim they are simply following the Catholic Church, but Pope Francis admits, “…who am I to judge?”, meaning members of the LGBT community shouldn’t be treated any differently than the rest of our society, especially when it comes to legal rights where we are all supposed to be seen equally. At the end of the day, we are all just human beings and we should all share the same laws, which is why I’m particularly excited to see same-sex marriage on the ballot for this upcoming election. Even if it doesn’t pass, it’s a major step in the right direction.

Take a minute to remember the first person you ever fell deeply in love with. Think about how much he or she meant to you and all the emotion you felt towards him or her. Now imagine someone told you that you weren’t allowed to love that person, that it was wrong. Those feelings wouldn’t just cease to exist. I figure you’d have two choices: You could live a miserable life of pretending to be something you’re not, or you could embrace who you are and find true happiness in being the person God intended for you to be.

I believe the heart wants what the heart wants and love is much stronger than the barriers that divide age, gender, race and ethnicity. Although I would like to, I know I cannot convince everyone to share my beliefs, but if this letter inspires even just a single person, I have made a difference.

Sophie Grund

UAHS freshman