"Gay" is not a disease you catch
BY EMMY BARCELONA ON OCTOBER 31, 2014
With the legalization of gay marriage in North Carolina comes the numerous protests and movements against it. Personally, I fully support the new law. I think it’s great that our state is adding itself to the small number of states that allow gay marriage. I can already hear the jeers and the boos, but I’m not going to tell you that your opinion on the subject is wrong. I just believe that it’s a waste of your time when there are more serious issues going on.
As a high school student, I know I am not fully aware of the many issues occurring in our world. However, I have enough sense to know that gay marriage should not be considered an earth-shattering predicament. It is natural for humans to shun the “unnatural,” but why waste your time protesting against small issues when the bigger ones are still around? In the United States, we’re dealing with poverty, foreign affairs, and now Ebola. Call me crazy, but I’m more concerned with the spreading of Ebola than I am about two men getting married.
I understand that gay marriage goes against a lot of people’s beliefs, whether they be religious or personal. The subject is very controversial and probably still will be years from now. It may be viewed as a problem, but can it really be categorized as a life-threatening problem? There are terrorists and a deadly virus on the loose, yet we’re crying about the fact that some people can finally be happy.
Right now, it seems that the US’s biggest concern is Ebola. It is spreading throughout the country and we could very well be on the verge of going down the same track as the movie “Contagion”. Ebola is dangerous, deadly and contagious, but it’s gay marriage that has some people cowering. What is it you’re afraid of? “Gay” is not some disease that you can catch. Don’t worry, you’re safe.
Ebola is just one example of our current problems. There are plenty of other serious things going on both in our country and the world. There’s ISIS, the recession; the list goes on and on. Gay marriage is really more a matter of opinion while our other issues are clearly problematic. People getting married does not hurt you nor does it affect you. However, our other issues can greatly affect us all. The only thing that the legalization of gay marriage does is allow a portion of NC’s population to be happy. With the numerous issues we have in the world, we should take every chance we get to make others happy.
It has been recorded that NC has one of the fastest growing gay populations. Even though many magistrates across NC have chosen to resign in the face of the lifted ban, more than 600 licences have been issued to gay couples.
If you’re against the legalization of gay marriage, that’s fine. You are entitled to your own opinion. But please keep in mind that the passing of the new law does not equate to the coming of the apocalypse.