How Joyous The Day Equality Overcame Hatred

How joyous the day equality overcame hatred,

Though with sadness I ask, “Why was it even necessary?”

We had not…no we have not moved beyond prejudice!

Replacing one group of brothers and sisters with another does not absolve us!

Oh yes! The faces are different, but the name is the same

And this–we call this progress?

Do not think me ungrateful…I am proud,

Though disheartened by so slim a margin,

Yet this is a triumphant day to be sure.

Still–there is so much softening to be done to the callous heart.

“All men are created equal” so proudly declared by so many

Is still, but a dream should you not fit their mould of convention.

Speaking as though preference of the heart is chosen

Shows their narrowness of mind.

It is not choice, it is ingrained by nature!

It is not a flaw nor is it an abomination,

It is who they are, just as you are how you were born.

That which you do not wish to understand should not draw ire,

But instead your silence…with our profound appreciation.

The time of state sanctioned intolerance is in it’s death throes

Though this alone will not change those ignorant of mind.

Yes, this battle will rage on,

For many, long after they are gone,

But know dear friends that bigotry and hate can not prevail

In the presence of humanity and love.

~

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

 

Authors note: I had been debating whether to write this poem firstly, because I am not a member of the LGBT community and secondly, because I don’t pretend to speak for or have any first hand knowledge of what they have gone through, but then I thought why not, we are all human beings, we all came into this world in the same way and we will all leave it the same way. I have been an observer of this struggle for equality for a very long time and quite frankly found it disgusting that it ever existed in the first place. To add to the distastefulness is the fact that public polling, for the longest time, showed that more than 50% of those polled were in favor of continuing state sanctioned discrimination. In America, we struggled for our freedom from oppression and proudly proclaim in our Declaration of Independence that “All men are created equal” and yet this freedom from oppression and equality only held true if you were a God fearing heterosexual apparently. This ideal was an absolute disgrace. So long as the parties are adults, what right does any human being have to prevent another human being from marrying the one that they truly love? Religious institutions may choose not to marry same sex couples before their altars, but they surely have no standing to prevent them before the law. Of course this is simply one man’s opinion, but I stand behind it wholeheartedly. Congratulations to all of you, it has been a very long time coming and you justly deserve this landmark win.

 

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11 thoughts on “How Joyous The Day Equality Overcame Hatred

  1. Dom…… this is the best thing I’ve read in a long time…. and you are an authority because you are human and a citizen of our United States. Thank you for your support for what is right…. that all of us are created equal. We have a long way to go to make it right for every citizen, but at least we’re heading in the right direction. Thank you again for supporting us! Hugggs my friend 😉

    • Roxi, your comment really means a lot. As I said, I make no claims to know how difficult this struggle has been, but it is nice to see, that as you say we are moving in the right direction. Anyway, I just wanted you all to know I am so happy for you. My thoughts are with you my friend. 🙂

  2. You may not be LGBT but you don’t have to be to show you believe in equality. You have shown me your support for so long Dominic, and now Roxi and I want to say thank you for that and for writing this wonderful poem. I hope you will permit me to reblog.

    • Jem, I would be absolutely honored. Thank you so much for your support as well and congratulations to you and Roxi on a tremendous victory. I wish the best to both of you. Be well my friend and thank you. 🙂

  3. Dom – this post needed writing and I agree whole heartedly with your sentiments. I’m not part of the LGBT community but am part of their community, as they are all part of ours – totally and fully.

    What two consenting adults do in their bedroom is nobody’s bloody business! Period!

    • Thank you for your support Eric, I just think it is terrible what has been done and how odd it is that those that are so against it so easily become accepting when they have someone who is gay come out in their close circle of family and friends. Our politicians are notorious for this. The bottom line is that sexual orientation does not define the whole person nor should it.

    • Thank you for that. You know the more I think about it, look how many miserable heterosexual couples there are, the high divorce rate, the promiscuity in the world, it is just sad. When you have two consenting adults, regardless of gender, that love each other deeply enough to want to make that commitment to marriage then they by all means should be permitted to. It is not the states job to foster discrimination as they have been doing, at least that is my opinion.

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