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posted Friday, July 5, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 27
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THE DOMA DECISION

As a child, I was abused, beaten, teased, and made fun of, all because I was different. For most of my adult life, I never felt like I belonged. Now that I am 60, in so many ways, things have not changed ... that much. I have read of my brothers and sisters suffering the same demise, many turning to drugs and alcohol - or worse, beaten to death, or choosing to end their own lives. What a tremendous, sad, and maddening loss. Who knows, those whose lives were taken too, too soon could have been the next Einstein, discovered cures for diseases, or been the next Mozart, but because someone had so much hate in them, we will never know.

In school, we learn in history that 'all men are created equal' in the United States, and we are constantly told that this is what makes our country great. I have come to learn that all men are created equal unless you are Black, Jewish, Spanish, Mexican, Gay, Bi, Lesbian, or anything other than White. All we have to do is look at what was done to Native Americans, of which I proudly stand as, to see that this is true. I have often been bewildered by the concept of Gay marriage - this country, and the world, have so much more serious matters to worry about. In the grand scheme of things, who cares if two men or two women love each other enough to get married? If you want something to worry about, worry about the environment, worry about your loving innocent little child going to school one morning and never coming home one afternoon, worry about the terrorists who have reached our shores. A hundred years from now, no one will ever remember that two men or two women had the gall to get married - it won't matter then, and it doesn't matter now, but for some reason, it does - our priorities are severely misplaced.

I have also come to learn that, in the United States, we worship Almighty God, but we also worship another god, breaking that one commandment, 'Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' And that god is money. We shoot to kill anyone who attempts to steal that almighty dollar from us, or our banks. We rob, steal, and commit unspeakable crimes to get that almighty dollar. Like that song 'From a Distance,' God is watching us, and the United States has become the next Sodom and Gomorrah - and one day, all too soon, the wrath of God will fall upon us.

When I first heard a friend tell me that Gay marriage would happen in my lifetime, I laughed and thought, how optimistic is that? It is beyond belief to see that I was proven wrong, and while I will most likely never partake of this great achievement, it has been a long time coming. Not only do we deserve those equal rights guaranteed to us, as American citizens, and under the constitution of this so called great nation, we've paid a heavy price for them, a very heavy price.

I have often felt that since people don't seem to understand these concepts, they do understand money, and we, as Gay people, should sue the federal government for all of the taxes that we were forced to pay for rights that we were never granted - those taxes that we paid to be bullied and beaten and killed for. Just like I feel those of us who were sexually abused in the government-run boarding schools as children, the government should have to compensate us for those atrocities. Let's see how fast they change their tune when this happens.

Bill Hall

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