There has been a hell of a lot of talk in Richmond Virginia the past few weeks about family values and in sitting reading the newspaper today, columnists continued their discussions on the latest atrocities regarding the member of the House of Delegates who was shunned from being appointed into office as a judge. Public opinion is of course the single reason is that he is very openly gay. We can all sigh and say – just another issue but it’s even far more reaching.
What I found interesting about the one columnist today is he equated the situation to the happenings in NC where gay marriage was highly banned – what you may or may not know is that the vote was put down mostly by African American voters. I’m not sure we really want to go down that road – after all discrimination is that no what the reason – at least in my opinion.
The other aspect has continually been brought out is about family values. Can gay marriage/households have them. WHAT? You have to be kidding me. They go to work and pay their taxes, love and have friends and family. Isn’t that the epitome of having family values? When I started writing same sex pieces, I heard a lot of basic crap about what it might do to my writing and sales – as in it could be a bad thing. WHY? I have really yet to hear anything decent in comments and to date, my latest piece released yesterday – about guess what, family values – seems to be doing well.
I think in going the blog hop its important for all of us to think about family indeed. I think there is such difficulties in people being able to enjoy relationships and when you mix family in the middle, whether we’re talking about children or our parents, cousins, aunts etc and you are involved in a same sex relationship, things can be tough and opinions and times tough for all those involved. I like to think of family as the strongest support system and rally around that but sometimes it’s tough when members of your own family honestly don’t believe in your lifestyle.
I’ve seen terrible arguments and more than one series of hurt feelings – even to the point of destroying the family unit over the years and it’s so sad. Right now we as humans have so much to deal with anyone from financial crises to illness, death to unemployment. Why make it harder?
In penning DONE, I wanted to take a look at what happens when two men longed not only to get married but have a child – and something of course goes terribly wrong. This blog isn’t about my piece but about the reverent thinking I had to do in penning the piece and really thinking about family values. I truly love it. To that end – let me hear from you. Tell me a story about your family values – and one that stretch the boundaries and the best story gets a copy of DONE.
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