Love is defined as affection towards another person. This definition does not limit this powerful emotion to just a man and a woman. Of course there are many types of love, such as that of a parent towards a child, or a good friendship, but focus on romantic love. The constitution does not say that love must be confined to a man and a woman either. Yet we as the United States of America still leave it up to states to allow or ban two people of the same sex to become legally married. Some religions believe that homosexuals will go to hell, and some people believe that the planet should be ridden of this filth. Is it wrong to love? Government limits love, religion limits love, and intolerant people limit love, and we must all put up with the hate thrown at us until we can stand up for what is right.
The United States government allows discrimination even though we have the pursuit of happiness. They do not say that two people of the same sex cannot be together, yet they still limit our freedom as human beings. In very few states are homosexuals allowed to have a civil union, and in even fewer they are allowed to be married. Some people say that civil unions are marriages, but they are most certainly not. Just as an example, marriages are kept across state lines. For instance, if a couple gets married in California, which allows civil unions and marriages, and they move to Nevada, they are no longer considered married. This is only one example of many differences that separate civil unions from marriages. By depriving a certain people a right shared by everyone else is discrimination, and by separating a people from others is segregation. The government sets the rules and the path for the country, and if the government discriminates, people seem to think that it is acceptable when it is clearly not.
In some religions, homosexuality is thought to be a sin, punishable by a life in hell. That is similar to saying that all people who like to eat pizza will go to hell. Although these emotions may seem irrational to a third party, somehow they feel natural to those who believe them. Hitler persuaded an entire nation to believe that Jews were the reason for Germany's downfall, and some, but not all religions are beginning to share traits with this horrific man's work. There is an online religious site that supposedly cures homosexuality. On this site, the message God hates fags is written as well as an entire list of over 50 bands that supposedly promote homosexuality, many of which are popular among today's teens.
They are ideas like these which are instilled within childrens minds and stay throughout their lives. Parents are the biggest role models in families, therefore if parents act ignorant and intolerant, it is most likely that their children will be the same. Religion and government influence people enough for 6 million Jews to be killed in Germany and certainly enough for 3rd graders to be running around calling each other fags, when they most likely have no idea what it means. Someone once said, Why is there enough religion to incite war, but not enough to instill tolerance? This question should be asked around the world because we desperately need help if we are to continue as a whole nation.