Once upon a time interracial marriage was illegal and frowned upon by the majority. However, interracial marriage became legal in all US states when the Supreme Court ruled anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional in 1967.
Alexander Graham Bell introduced Hitler’s use of Eugenics as a way of eradicating deaf people. He lobbied for marriage between two deaf people to become illegal, falsely believing that if they weren’t allowed to conceive children together, deafness wouldn’t be passed on (FYI: 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents). Though Bell succeeded in causing damage to the Deaf community, he thankfully did not succeed in preventing deaf individuals from marrying.
Increasingly, individuals of different religious faiths marry because love and faith don’t have to be mutually exclusive even when individual beliefs differ.
Regardless of your race, you should be treated equally and have the right to marry the person you love whether that person is of the same race or not. This is a fact that the majority of Americans would agree with and the courts ultimately recognized and supported.
Deaf people are not less than anyone else and should be treated equally and have the right to marry who they love, regardless of hearing status. That right has been upheld and most people today would be surprised to learn that this was ever in question.
Why, in 2013, are members of the LGBTQ community still being treated as less than equal? Why are there Americans who are not allowed to have the same rights and benefits as the majority population simply because of their sexual orientation? Why is America, where we like to think we live in a progressive society, lagging behind other countries (see link) with regard to tolerance and acceptance of so many of our own citizens?
I am and American and a straight woman who believes that this is unacceptable. Love shouldn’t be defined by race, physical difference, religion, or gender/sexual orientation. Love is love and that should be celebrated. It’s not always easy to find love and when one is lucky enough to do so (with a consenting adult, lest someone try to get overly technical in analyzing the point I’m trying to make), it shouldn’t be denied or put down because it doesn’t take shape in a way that some others may not be used to or comfortable with.
Times have changed. Antiquated views are growing and changing as they always have and will. All you have to do is open your mind to a new perspective. Different doesn’t mean wrong. Relationships which were once seen as unacceptable are now frequently embraced. Let this change continue as we work together to embrace marriage equality for the LGBTQ community. The time for change is NOW!