“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind…” a fitting quote from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set upon a symbol from the human rights campaign.
This is certainly meshing the old with the new. William Shakespeare was well ahead of his time when he wrote this for two characters denied the right to marry. Little did he know that, 400 years after writing these words, I would be using them to fight for the rights of my fellow humans.
William Shakespeare wrote these words so many years ago and never did they ring more true to me than today. With millions marching in Washington D.C. displaying their beliefs about the right to marry, I thought this quote was most fitting. We do not choose who we love and therefore, should not be denied any right regarding that love.
I have watched my friends and family post about this hot topic for a few days now. What I noticed more than anything, which warms my heart, is that we are a community that stands up for what we believe. Many of my friends and family changed their Facebook profile pictures to reflect the symbol for the human rights campaign then posted their emotional messages. Some were more heated than others but what I wondered, as I read through the millions of comments, was how marriage between two people that love each other has become a public issue? No one, in this free country, should have the right to tell you who you can or cannot love. It does not hurt or harm anyone if a man and a woman get married, so why should it worry anyone if a man and a man or a woman and a woman want to get married? I’ve been reading the multiple posts in an effort to understand and yet I am still confused. Some people cite religion and that baffles me because what religion denies love? (Because, isn’t the essence of marriage just that, love?) I believe you would be hard-pressed to find one that does.
Treating the homosexual population differently than the heterosexual population is backward thinking. Haven’t we already fought this fight (gender, religion, race) and won? Why are we constantly fighting for our rights in this free country? Will we ever see a time when all humans have the same rights?
I believe we will as long as there are people like my friends, family, and me fighting. I think we should all take a page from William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, “Who could refrain, that had a heart to love, and in that heart courage to make ‘s love known?”