Against Same-Sex Marriage? You Are On The Wrong Side Of History

People were against freeing the slaves. People were against giving women the right to vote. People were against equal rights for blacks and other minorities. People were against gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

What do these people have in common?

They are all on the wrong side of history when it comes to the biggest civil rights achievements of the past 150 years. They all chose the path of discrimination and bigotry. Their opposition is forever viewed as antiquated.

The latest civil rights battle is over marriage equality. On Wednesday, President Obama became the first president to openly support same-sex marriage.

If you take a look at all civil rights achievements you find something else in common, they all happened because of momentum that built from generation to generation. Right now young adults overwhelmingly support same-sex marriage compared to senior citizens that overwhelming oppose it. Anybody that looks at this issue objectively will conclude it’s only a matter of time before we have marriage equality for the entire country.

If you oppose marriage equality and if you are unwilling to change your mind, you will live the rest of your days in opposition to something that is not only inevitable, but likely to happen in your lifetime. And some day, decades from now, your opposition will be viewed as antiquated, just like the opposition to previous civil rights achievements. You will forever be on the wrong side of history.

But it’s not too late. You can course correct. You can choose equality over discrimination.

dks

photo by Fritz Liess

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