This coming Monday is a day that I really never thought I would see. I hate Mondayai??i??s I really do and if I never saw another Monday again I wouldnai??i??t mind. But this coming Monday is going to be one for the history books.
This Monday the state of Alabama will acknowledge the freedom of gays and lesbian to marry. Wedding licenses have been changed from ai???bride and groomai??? to ai???spouse and spouseai??? and couples are filling up time dockets to be legally united with the people they love.
Alabama has been the butt of a lot of jokes for a long time. Mostly about being backwards and behind the times. Unfortunately some of these jokes ring true and itai??i??s hard not to get a little agitated at the reality of the situation. Yes there is a church on every corner, yes some are as big as amassment parks and yes everyone will ask you what church you belong to. Sweet tea is a staple and every fuzzy drink is a coke even if its notai??i?? itai??i??s a damn coke! And if someone says ai???bless your heartai??? Do not be fooled; thatai??i??s an insult. So now itai??i??s a breath of fresh air to see a state that has been so ridiculed in the past to step up and become an example for the rest of the states that have yet to accept equality behind their lines.
I can be extremely passionate to the point of aggressive when it comes to my beliefs and convictions and so can some of these down home good oleai??i?? Alabamians. When the news broke social media exploded. Articles were posted in both celebration and protest. I had to dig down deep to keep myself from diving headfirst into the dreaded comment section. I have to give anyone credit who sticks to what they believe in, itai??i??s what makes us who we are and without a difference in beliefs and opinions our lives would be pretty damn boring. With that being said, I cannot tolerate anyone who stands for what they believe in by spewing hate.
At this very moment some of my dearest friends are on cloud nine awaiting the moment they finally get to say, ai???I doai??? to the people they have committed themselves to. But just around the corner darkness looms as people hide behind their computer screens and condemn the lives of people to hell for wanting nothing more than to be accepted for who they love and be given the freedom to act upon that love. I have never seen such hate, such vileness pour from the mouths of what seem to be reputable members of our community. In one brief moment of insanity I allowed myself to scroll through the hundreds of comments and immediately regretted it. ai???Every Sunday I pray to G-d that you all become infected with AIDSai???. My stomach literally turned as I looked at the photo behind the comment. A silver haired woman surrounded by her grandchildren had been the culprit of such wickedness. I was shocked.
I have not been to the comments since then. Instead I have poured though the endless celebratory posts of friends who can hardly contain themselves and are bursting at the seams with excitement. I have refuse to let myself fall into the trap of hate and I will do nothing but hope and pray that these people who seethe at the happiness of others finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
No matter what your religion, your beliefs or your community tells you, how can you find evil in love? I donai??i??t want to preach and I wonai??i??t, thatai??i??s not what this post is about. This post is a congratulations and celebration for the LGTB community of Alabama as they await the biggest day of their life. Happy GAY Monday, Alabama. I wish you all the love and happiness in the world!
The Laughing Lesbian