Contrary to popular belief, the American government is very hypocritical.
America can be a disturbing example of what true freedom and equality are.
For a long time, our country has proudly promoted the ideals of security, liberty, equality and prosperity.
Historic events like the Civil Rights Movement and the Feminist Movement would lead someone to think the United States was an exceptional plane of parallel justice.
It’s stated on paper that every man and woman, despite religion, creed, color, sex or race is to be treated as an equal member of the human race. But all Americans will never truly be equal.
One of the exceptions of equality is homosexuals and their political right to marriage. Many Americans believe America was founded upon Christianity.
Yet, our negligence toward homosexual marriage is still a contradiction to the “American right” or “freedom.”
As a woman of color born into a traditional Hispanic and Catholic family, I humbly believe in the idea of homosexuality being morally wrong.
However, the fact that I was born, raised and still reside within the ‘red, white, and blue’ underlies my opinion of the notion that homosexuality and homosexual marriage are the prime examples of political correctness.
Some politicians seem to think they should ban homosexual marriage in the Florida State Constitution to ensure that the already forbidden act will not be reversed in the future.
The power of the U.S. government derives from the people, not from God, as it clearly states in the Preamble: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union….”
The omission of God in the Preamble did not come out of forgetfulness, but rather the founding fathers’ purposeful intentions to keep the American government separate from religion.
Still, we deny to a homosexual couple the American right of marriage, the sacred event of exchanging vows.
To make myself clear – I am pro-marriage – being that it’s the crucial source of a lifelong bond and reproduction state between a man and a woman.
But at the end of the day, as an American, it is my duty, my privilege and my right to defend and promote what America’s true foundation was intending to establish and carry out: security, liberty and equality to every man and woman despite color, race, religion, sex or sexual preference.
If the government wishes us to believe that we are all equal then we all, homosexual or not, should be afforded the same rights and priveleges.
Alienating one sect of society only creates more social discontent.
Leaving all religious aspects out of the equation, allowing homosexual marriage adds to the essence of what a true American democracy should be.
Marjua G. Estevez, 19, is a sophomore magazine production student from Tampa. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.