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Choices

08 Aug

Picture credit:    Michael Hulshof-Schmidt

 

Living in California for over 30 years,  allowed me to have a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

Not judging people by their Color, Race,  Ethnicity or Sexual Orientation,  is one of the things that I am most proud of about the Golden State.

But today all over America and  even many parts of the World, personal partner or marriage choices,  are getting harder and harder to make happen.

Right now, here in Florida and in many other US States, people are being told that they cannot, may not,  marry the person that they love.

It is against the LAW and if they try to do so, they will be breaking the LAW!

Our laws, religious groups  and society,  seem to have drawn a line in the sand and refuse to listen, or accept the idea,  that they could possibly be wrong on this issue.

As a side note, it is just a bit difficult to stay focused completely on the “issue of freedom of marriage choice”  in this state, because as of today, Florida unbelievably, STILL has not passed the ERA.

The mood, the discussions, the emotions,  right now in Florida are hot and only getting hotter.

Every region,  or part of this state,  now has a Judge who approves of these marriages, but as soon as they are approved, our State Attorney General,  jumps right in and smacks them down.

And the issue is once again, back to square one, or, one step forward, two steps back!

But I digress,  the Issue here, is about choices.

I myself, am not gay, lesbian,  bi-sexual, or transgender.

But I will defend to my death, the right for any who are,  to have the right to choose WHO they wish to spend the remainder of their life with in a permanent,  loving relationship, or what we call Marriage.

I am ashamed and disgusted by the behavior of those who call themselves Christians,  who proudly march and name call, any and all that they view are wrong to wish to be married in a different way than they are.

Who each of us chooses to marry, should be our choice and only our choice, not Religious Groups, not the State or the US Government.

No one should ever have the right, to tell another Human being,  who they can,  or cannot be married to.

We are all granted, by our Constitution, Civil Liberties.

This should be a personal choice between two  consenting adults, and not subject to discussion or interference, by anyone other than the two persons involved.

Personally I have had, over my lifetime of various careers,  in various states in this Country, many friends who are gay, or transgender.

These relationships were some that have left me with wonderful, lasting memories and the thought that our Country, our World still in the year 2014, intends to forbid, to shame,  to stop them, from making their personal partner choices, makes me sick.

With the level of tensions, troubles and REAL problems on this Planet, right now, wouldn’t you think that they might focus on some of them,  instead of trying to impose their will on the millions who only wish to have a legal marriage?

By the way, many of my Word Press Followers are included in this painful, ugly situation and my prayer is,  that they will find happiness and peace,  in a World that is blinded by prejudice.

We are all the children of one God,  or another,  and as for me, I personally believe,  that any loving God would wish to allow each of us the freedom of CHOICE.

 

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16 responses to “Choices

  1. Dr. Rex

    August 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    “Freedom of choice” ….. thank you, Tahtonka!!

     
    • Gator Woman

      August 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM

      When my friends are hurting, I must respond and support them!
      I share and feel their pain.
      Thank you as always for sharing this dear Dr. Rex~

       
      • Dr. Rex

        August 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        Always, dear D!!!! Hugs for all …. ❤

         
      • Gator Woman

        August 9, 2014 at 8:11 AM

        Coming back to you right now!

         
      • Dr. Rex

        August 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        ❤ ….

         
  2. Impower You

    August 8, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Here here! I agree that arguing about love is ridicuous when we have actual problems like violence, hunger, animal abuse and environmental destruction. Of all the things to get upset over why would anyone choose to hate those who love? It’s illogical.

     
    • Gator Woman

      August 9, 2014 at 7:22 AM

      Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts!

       
      • Impower You

        August 9, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Thank you for posting.

         
  3. Matthew

    August 9, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Reblogged this on Carolina Mountain Blue.

     
    • Gator Woman

      August 9, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Thank you so much for sharing this Matthew and Welcome to my Global Cultural Corner~

       
  4. Stacy

    August 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Very well said!

     
    • Gator Woman

      August 9, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      Very happy to hear you say that Stacy.
      Thank you!!!!

       
  5. Anjali

    August 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Bravo Donna! Wonderfully written! It seems to me that everyone is trying to impose their own will on everybody else – and these supposedly ‘good folk’ seem to forget that the essential ingredient of goodness IS Love! But now it’s all about power 😦 everywhere…everywhere..it saddens me deeply. So proud to call you my friend! Incidentally I’ve written something similar about my angst – though not just focussed on this one issue, I know you will agree with what I am saying! 🙂 xx

     
    • Gator Woman

      August 11, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      So HAPPY that you liked this Post.
      It was written with several close friends in mind,
      who are suffering because of the ignorance of our prejudiced Society today!

       
  6. Anjali

    August 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Oh dear 😦 I do hope life gets better for them – pls pass on my best wishes to them..xx

     
    • Gator Woman

      August 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Life will be better for all when prejudice is dead.

       

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