Older folk don't get gays
Kats got your tongue
It doesn't take much to feel the canyon-of-a-gap between the
generations of today's young adults and their parents. The
recent developments in gay/lesbian rights in Canada brings
this gap increasingly to the forefront.
As a 22-year-old, my baby-boomer parents seem archaic in their
viewpoints on society. When the federal Parliament narrowly
rejected a motion to re-affirm the traditional definition of
marriage as that between one man and one woman, I knew my parents
would be upset. I could practically hear their lamentations
about "what the world is coming to" in my head.
On the issue of gay marriage, it goes without saying my parents
are in opposition. I am familiar with their traditional beliefs,
since they let me know that having my boyfriend live with me
meant I was living in sin and I was not to let my grandparents
find out under any circumstances.
I simply cannot understand why anyone could think it justified
to deny two people who are in love the right to be married
just because they are two people of the same gender. It is
much easier to imagine the hypothetical person believing this
than to know my own parents think being gay is being sinful.
Some of my good friends are gay and I know it is ridiculous
to believe they should have less rights as citizens of this
country than people who are attracted to those of the opposite
sex. At the same time, I respect my parents; they are not unintelligent
or irrational people. But when it comes to gay and lesbian
rights (or premarital sex for that matter), my parents shock
me with their generalized appeals to "morals."
Although it makes no sense to deny equal rights to people
who have a different sexual orientation, I find my father saying
things like "it's just not natural" and "why do they have to
get married anyway? Can't they just call it something else?
Marriage is a tradition."
Why is there an emotional investment in denying rights to
gay and lesbian people in the older generation? Why does the
idea of gay marriage provoke fear in my older and more religious
Recently, a protest organizer at an "ex-gay" conference told
The Gazette the United States thrives on being a fundamentalist
state and the more liberal Canadian one scares them to death.
Truly, recent news confirms many in the U.S. resist gay marriage
Am I missing something? Where is the urgent need to deny homosexual
men and women equal rights?