I was asked this question recently in an email and I had to think about it longer than I anticipated but likely not for the reason you think. I had to think about the word “movement” and what that meant, in context. You see I don’t look at it as a movement per se, I look at it as a reality more pronounced than before. I’m not going to profess to be highly educated in all the nuances of the LGBTQ community you would see right through that. I can however tell you what my “position” is, keeping in mind that I am a heterosexual middle aged white male….
“Sexual orientation, preference, gender, or gender identity should have no impact on the government’s treatment of individuals, such as in current marriage, child custody, adoption, immigration, or military service laws. Government does not have the authority to define, promote, license, or restrict personal relationships, regardless of the number of participants. Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships. Until such time as the government stops its illegitimate practice of marriage licensing, such licenses must be granted to all consenting adults who apply.”
This is literally a regurgitation of the Libertarian Party platform but it accurately encapsulates how I view LGBTQ issues. I am baffled at some of the angst we see on all sides. Adults have the right to pursue whatever it is that makes them happy as long as it does not adversely affect others. If you are screaming in my face that I am a Nazi because I won’t fly the rainbow flag at my house, that’s a problem. On the flip side, why would I ever want to deny someone their right to say be a Naval Officer?
If the individual conducts themselves in a respectful legal way, what possible rational could I have to deny them anything? The question on the title was posed to me by someone who is deeply religious, which I am not. To them it was an affront to their religion that someone would engage in behaviors outside of their belief system. It was at that point that I had to conclude that I could not actually provide an answer that would make sense to this person because they were irrational.
What exactly was irrational? The notion that their belief system should be applied, in judgement, to others who do not believe the same. Now the flip side happens too, I’ve seen hundreds of examples of people calling others Nazi’s online because they are religious but this was the question that was asked to me, below is my response.
“I believe law abiding adults should have the ability and right to pursue whatever it is they decide makes them happy. Isn’t that why the gods gave us free will?”
Now the conversation went off on another tangent here because I used the term “gods” not “god” that’s another post for another day. The point? Life is very short and using your time to make yourself happy should be a priority. There is no reason to harm, block or chastise others because you feel differently about their choices. If they aren’t harming you leave them alone.
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