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The Freedom to Love (LGBT relationships)

October 10, 2009
By greg9381 GOLD, Atlanta, Georgia
greg9381 GOLD, Atlanta, Georgia
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I absolutely don’t understand how some, in fact many, people have problems with LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transsexual) relationships. In 2007, 1,460 hate crimes were officially reported. That’s an average of four crimes a day! Something should be done about terrible things like this, because LGBT relationships are not something to be discriminated against for.

You can control what clothes you wear, what food you eat, what you do for fun, and what kind of people you talk to and are friends with. But one thing that you can’t choose is your sexual orientation. It’s just wrong to say that someone is going to hell or is hated by God because he or she likes people of the same gender.

Hating someone because he or she is a lesbian, gay, etc., is, in my opinion, as inexcusable a crime as racism. As I said before, this is something that you have NO control over, just like the color of your skin. Nobody has the right to tell anyone else who they are allowed to like/love just because someone “can’t have babies” because of his or her sexual orientation.

It’s not a clearly defined right given to us in the Constitution, but I think that the Freedom to Love ranks right up there with the right to free speech and the freedom of religion.

The author's comments:
I'm straight, but I see and hear many people talking about the issue of gay marriage, etc. It's something I feel strongly about even though it doesn't directly affect me. Please comment, and if you don't agree, please explain your point of view. Thanks!

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This article has 44 comments.

synclavier said...
on Apr. 6 2016 at 10:26 pm
Keep in mind that homosexuality is a small minority of the human population, no matter what country or what culture. This is true statistically as a percentage of the whole population, and has remained so throughout our anthropological timeline. It has always been there and most likely will remain... as a minority.
As a straight guy, what annoys me the most about the homosexual revolution is that instead of realizing that its constituency is a minority with a minority mandate, it tries to put its message in the face of everyone else who doesn't want anything to do with legitimizing homosexuality.
What I'm saying is, keep your sexuality and your intimate acts where they belong: in the bedroom. Straight people are really tired of the activism, the searing criticism of those who disagree with the homosexuality movement, and the expectation that EVERYONE is supposed to be pro-gay. It's turned into a kind of fascism. That's what everyone actually hates.

on Jun. 18 2012 at 1:04 pm
dancegirl13 BRONZE, Roslyn, Washington
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In your original comment you say something about how homosexual relationships are 'not how it was meant to be'. How in the world do you know how it was meant to be? How do you know that from the very beginning of time homosexuality wasn't expressed?

on Dec. 3 2011 at 6:23 pm
aspiringauthor_ BRONZE, Fairfield, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." - MLK Jr.

I agree. There's nothing else to say.

Madame said...
on Oct. 20 2011 at 10:45 pm
Do you know a lot of people that have to fight to stay with men, honey that's not being straight that being in denial, and itts not a choic; because if it was why would so many gay people choose to be ridiculed ostrascized and bashed? And what do you mean all in your face with lgbt that just doesn't make sense do you mean litterally?

greg9381 GOLD said...
on Oct. 15 2011 at 9:58 pm
greg9381 GOLD, Atlanta, Georgia
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Of course you can choose your lifestyle, but as for sexual orientation, I feel that it's this simple: if you feel sexually attracted to someone that's the same gender as you, then you're not 100% straight. Each person's sexuality exists on a spectrum, and some would say that no one is completely gay or straight.

But we don't make the conscious choice to only be attracted to girls or to guys. All anyone can do is ignore those urges, but that's NOT the same thing as choosing whether to have them in the first place.

greg9381 GOLD said...
on Oct. 15 2011 at 9:47 pm
greg9381 GOLD, Atlanta, Georgia
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ambnyc was responding to "HisPurePrincess"

DaeRae said...
on Oct. 15 2011 at 9:45 pm
Do me a favor, and understand what im saying before you make a comment. I just reread what i posted five times and never did it say that They creep me out and that the world would be perfect if they didnt exist.

ambnyc SILVER said...
on Aug. 20 2011 at 2:24 pm
ambnyc SILVER, Rego Park, New York
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Favorite Quote:
You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. - Dr. Seuss

You don't hate them, but they "creep you out" and "in a perfect world they would not exist"?

No, you do hate them, you bigot.

on Jul. 24 2011 at 7:13 am
ThisBreRulezYouSonnn BRONZE, Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all--
Into each life some rain must fall,
some days must be dark and dreary.
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

I was agreeing with you until you said that being lesbian, gay, etc. is like the color of your skin--uncontrollable. I'm a black, fifteen-year-old girl and although you can't choose the color of your skin, you can choose your lifestyle and sexual orientation. 

Most straight girls have urges to be with other girls, but they fight it and stay with guys. Does that sound uncontrollable? I think not. 

But, yeah, LGBT is fine--what happens in the bedroom stays in the bedroom, but if people will be all up in my face about being LGBT, there'll be a problem. lol

on May. 19 2011 at 7:15 pm
hdeneen26 BRONZE, Atglen, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Country music is three chords and the thruth.

I totally agree with the opinion here! There are other options for recreation. You are sooo right about this!

DaeRae said...
on Apr. 5 2011 at 10:48 pm
DaeRae, Clinton, Utah
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I agree with this. Some people think the world is perfect, but its far from it. If the world was perferct, there wouldn't be wars, hate crimes, or any other discrimination of people because of their race, ethnic group, sexuality, ect. If all of this were to stop, we would be a step closer to a more perfect world

greg9381 GOLD said...
on Mar. 14 2011 at 8:58 pm
greg9381 GOLD, Atlanta, Georgia
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Thanks for all of your comments. I didn't expect this article to be especially popular; I mostly wrote it because I haven't written a lot of "opinion pieces" and this is something I think needs to be talked about. But I'm really glad to have people talking about it here, so thanks again!

And check out the other things I've written, if you like ^^

mnt87 said...
on Mar. 14 2011 at 8:46 pm
mnt87, Toronto, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm bi-winning"
- Charlie Sheen

Oh, and I forgot to mention in my previous post, this is a very well written article. I agree with what you are saying 100%!

on Feb. 20 2011 at 5:34 pm
eilishrose BRONZE, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"If it's a broken heart, then face it. Hold your own. Know your name. Go your own way."
Details In The Fabric-Jason Mraz

sorry, my last comment was supposed to be a reply, I loved your article, and I completly agree.

on Feb. 20 2011 at 5:29 pm
eilishrose BRONZE, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If it's a broken heart, then face it. Hold your own. Know your name. Go your own way."
Details In The Fabric-Jason Mraz

People dying everyday for no reason is a perfect world to you?  Just wondering.

on Feb. 20 2011 at 5:27 pm
eilishrose BRONZE, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If it's a broken heart, then face it. Hold your own. Know your name. Go your own way."
Details In The Fabric-Jason Mraz

People dying for matiral things everyday is a perfect world to you?  Just wondering..

on Feb. 20 2011 at 4:14 pm
MonaLisa218 BRONZE, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"

i think your gf's mom needs to chill and except you guys being together and just be happy for you. you guys love each other and that's all that matters so if she doesn't accept you well then oh well just be in love.

Me'nMyYoyo said...
on Dec. 16 2010 at 3:38 pm
I'm straight, and i completely agree with you! I can't stand close minded people (bible thumpers, no offense) its just not okay 

on Nov. 24 2010 at 8:58 pm
WindDancer GOLD, Lexington, Kentucky
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Favorite Quote:
"It's time to start living the life you've imagined"
- Henry James

"I read to escape, I write to confront."

You did a really great job writing this! I totally agree. Love is love!

on Oct. 15 2010 at 2:43 pm
oddballinthegroup GOLD, Wausau, Wisconsin
18 articles 1 photo 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
pinaple is my favorite vegitable

this is true some of the kids at my school can be really mean and say homophobic things