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What’s next? Where will the discrimination end?

Civil Rights for Gay CouplesMy life is not that different than yours. I get up (usually quite some time after the alarm has gone off); grab a quick shower and a bite to eat before dashing off to work or school (usually unbelievably late). I work in customer service for a major cell phone corporation as an extension of the management team and take escalations from customers all day.

Overall, I enjoy my job. I come home, eat dinner, watch my DVR recorded TV shows (The West Wing, The Simpsons, and Eureka), read a chapter or two from a book, and fall asleep until the next day. I truly hope that my “gay lifestyle” is not offending anyone reading this quite yet. I have a townhouse near the hospital, a loving partner (Whom I don’t see enough of as I’d like.), and a kitchen table that has more paperwork than the IRS director’s desk.

I drive a 1997 Ford Escort that needs new spark plugs and has a broken driver’s seat. My dishes and laundry are piling up right now as you’re reading this and my bills are probably getting close to being late.

This “gay lifestyle” must have politicians and religious leaders concerned about how I am going about my daily routine promoting this abhorrent lifestyle. How am I so different from them? The answer is simple. I’m not. My life is probably very similar to yours actually. The only real difference in my life and heterosexuals is who I have sex with.

This is, quite frankly, none of their business. Why do they care who I am dating? I’m not trying to date them, so how do they have any say in who I do date? To re-tool a common phrase used by these so-called “leaders,” discriminating against someone based solely on who they are attracted to is going to open Pandora’s Box.

After they outlaw my ability to choose who I want to spend the rest of my life with, what’s going to be next? Are they going to start mandating what books I can read? Are they going to tell us what times we can be out of our homes? What lengths will they go to in order to have control over what we do? What lengths will they go to in order to have control over who we are? Are we going to continue to allow these tyrants to determine our lives for us?

I believe that God gave us all free will. I find it difficult to believe that if he wanted us all to be the same; he wouldn’t have made us all so different and special. That’s the real founding principle this great country was founded on. That’s what makes America the country that immigrants from all over the world die every day trying to come to; a place where each one can come to and start a life of freedom from oppression.

America was founded so that we could all have the freedom to live our lives as we saw fit, so long as we didn’t harm others. How can we forget such a basic principle of the Declaration of Independence; “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” How can we allow our society to take back one of its most important promises? How can we condemn something that is so obviously none of our business?

If we’re truly not so different, which so far seems to be a reasonable argument, why are you not worried about being discriminated against next? Who’s to stop these people from telling you where you can go to church? Who’s going to be there to stop them from preventing you from watching your favorite television shows? Now, a question has presented itself to us all; what’s next?

Michael Covington
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My name is Michael. I'm 22 years old and I've lived in Clarksville since Fall of 2004. I grew up in a small town with a population of less than 500. I love photography, coffee, listening to people talk, and learning. My life has been a long strange adventure, but I have no regrets - only valuable experience and wisdom beyond my years. I live with my partner of over 2 years - Christian, and his cousin - John. They are both amazing guys, and I don't know what I'd do without them. I really do like comments and criticisms so feel free to e-mail me at Michael.R.Covington@Gmail.com

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