So the people of Georgia will get to vote on a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
What a golden opportunity!
Here's your chance to show the world that Georgia is not the backwards, intolerant cultural black hole some think you to be. I say your chance because I am not a Georgian, and regardless of how this vote goes I will not live here forever. But, as an American and as a human being I still have a lot riding on this decision.
You see, this is also where we can make our stand against those who would legitimize prejudice and those who would twist Christianity in exactly the same way Islamic extremists contort and corrupt their religion to satisfy their evil pursuits.
The first thing to remember is that this goes far beyond the rights of homosexuals. Having several friends who are gay, defending their rights is enough for me to vote against this hideous amendment, but apparently a lot of people are too lost in irrational fear and hatred to be swayed by that argument.
This amendment would set a precedent that just should not be set. Will the next step be to make an amendment to restore laws prohibiting interracial marriages or to define a good parent as one who takes their child to church every Sunday?
But that's been said before, and either you realize the greater implications of this amendment or you don't. So think about this.
If you have a child who is still young, be aware of the fact that he or she may well be gay.
And I don't mean they may become gay, I mean they are already on their way to realizing the orientation to which they were born.
How will you react when they come to you with the news? There's nothing you can do about it, you know. You can't stop it from being true, so how will you deal with it?
Will you curse them, curse your own child? Will you toss your child out of your life, disown him or her, deny your own flesh and blood? Is that what you think God wants you to do, or would you be doing that because of your own fears about what people will think of you, the father or mother of a homosexual?
Will you say you love the sinner but hate the sin? Do you actually think that works? If you love someone, than you should want that person to be happy, and happiness cannot be achieved if you are denying your most basic nature.
Think carefully about your decision in November, because you may contribute to something you will later regret when the issue comes home and says "Mom, Dad, I'm gay."
That could happen to you, it could happen to me, and that's one more reason why I will not vote in favor of that amendment.
And, if nothing else, I'm annoyed that we are once again being distracted by such a non-issue. The argument that this amendment is some attempt to protect Georgians' right to decide the issue before some judge decides to overturn the current law banning homosexual marriage does not apply anymore. This is the decision the legislators were seeking to protect, so make it and put it to rest.
There is nothing else you need to protect. Trust me when I say that the only effect legalized gay marriage will have on our lives and marriages as heterosexuals is that there might be longer lines at the marriage certificate office.
Don't be fooled by the simpletons who pound their ancient book and say it is the only definer of right and wrong. The word they claim to profess lives in every human heart and mind. Look there for the right answer, and look hard.
On the TV news last night there was a story about a protest in New York against homosexual marriage. They briefly showed a young child holding a sign that read "God Hates Fags."
Does that represent the level of thinking in Georgia as well, or are we better than that?
Think about what you're doing when you enter that little booth this fall, or this will no longer be the land of the free.
Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.