December 10th was Human Rights Day, but I think every day should be Human Rights Day, just as I think every day should be Earth Day. The ideas behind Human Rights Day are important for us to keep in the forefront of our everyday activities, so that when we read about someone’s rights being ignored or violated, we can respond quickly, since many people’s human rights are trampled on daily.
So, when I started to read the Fall 2010 issue of Ms. Magazine and came across an article entitled “The State (s) of Same-Sex Marriages,” I could not resist writing about this topic here. What caught my eye was a photo of a young, female protester holding up a handmade sign that read : LOVE is a HUMAN RIGHT.
Of course, I am biased. My husband has a gay son and I have a gay daughter. So the topic is one that I pay attention to. But even if this were not so, I would defend an individual’s right to choose a same sex partner if that is his or her wish. We do not have the right to choose who people will love or stop them from being together peacefully. And according to the article, there seems to be a shift. Here is the quote from p. 13 of the Ms. article by Audrey Bilger.
This year for the first time, opinion polls on Americans’ attitudes toward same-sex marriage have shifted: A majority is now in favor of it. And since indications are that young people (those under 50) approve in greater numbers than do older people, those approval ratings are only likely to grow in the coming years.
Therefore, in addition to all the human rights organizations whose letters I receive asking for money and telling me how wonderful they are and the good work they do, I will add the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to my list.
Their website is: http://www.thetaskforce.org/
Also, last month I posted information about my stepson Jay’s new CD, Revelations, with a free video you can download. The song, Love is Love, is all about the human right to love whomever you please. Here is that link to watch the video:
More on human rights during the month. I have a stack of letters from organizations that all seem to be geared towards human rights.